Public interest groups attack ExxonMobile

WASHINGTON: Twelve influential public interest groups have launched a grassroots campaign to draw attention to what it perceives as environmental abuses by ExxonMobil.

WASHINGTON: Twelve influential public interest groups have launched a grassroots campaign to draw attention to what it perceives as environmental abuses by ExxonMobil.

The groups ? which include the US Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG), Greenpeace, and the Sierra Club ? are calling for a boycott of the oil company and directing the public to ExposeExxon.com.

The summer campaign is meant to coincide with the vacation season, when more people are on the road. The groups will hold protests at ExxonMobil gas stations as well as go door to door. They will also target college campuses in the fall.

In addition, they are hoping to generate media attention around at least three USPIRG reports, which include statistics on ExxonMobil's PR and lobbying activities.

"Many of the naysayers that stand up and try to dissuade people [about global warming] are funded by ExxonMobil," Manuel said Athan Manuel, director of USPIRG's arctic wilderness campaign.

Exxon refused to make a spokesperson available for an interview, but corporate media relations manager Russ Robert sent a prepared statement of responses via e-mail touting the company's commitment to responsible energy creation.

"ExxonMobil recognizes the risk of climate change and its potential impact on societies and ecosystems," it read.

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