Activists Shut Down Los Angeles and New York ExxonMobil Gas Stations from Greenpeace online, October 19, 2002
Greenpeace Delivers Message: "Don't Buy ExxonMobil"
Los Angeles, CA, 19 October 2002 — Greenpeace activists shut down a Mobil
gas station today in the heart of Beverly Hills just minutes after shutting down
an Exxon station in Manhattan. Protestors peacefully chained themselves to gas
pumps at both locations and dropped a banner that read, "Stop Global Warming,
Don't Buy ExxonMobil." The protests mark the start of a national day of action
against ExxonMobil by environmental, human rights and pro-democracy groups.
"We are here today with a simple message – don't buy ExxonMobil
products until they stop interfering with government action on global warming,"
said Melanie Duchin, Greenpeace Climate Campaigner. "It's time for concerned
citizens to use the power of the pocketbook to force the world's number one
global warming villain to change its ways."
The Los Angeles protest mirrored the lockdown that took place simultaneously
at an Exxon station in New York City. In Los Angeles, Greenpeace activists were
joined by celebrities, including Ingo Rademacher, Karen Smith, Orlando Bloom,
Dominic Keating, and Max Gail. In New York, 10 Greenpeace activists were
arrested and the gas station was shut down for close to 2 hours. Activists are
also demonstrating at another 50 Exxon and Mobil stations across the nation.
"Greenpeace has launched an international campaign against ExxonMobil that
will continue until the company stops sabotaging government action on global
warming, and agrees to support mandatory reductions in global warming
pollution," said Gary Cook, Greenpeace Climate Campaign Coordinator. "In Europe
and elsewhere, ExxonMobil is already feeling the heat from Greenpeace and
consumers – now the campaign is being ramped up in the United States."
Greenpeace has documented ExxonMobil's efforts to prevent action
on global warming in a report entitled, "Denial and Deception: A Chronicle of
ExxonMobil's Corruption of the Global Warming Debate." Despite multiple appeals
from Greenpeace and others, ExxonMobil has refused to change its policy. The
company is using its sizable resources to support top politicians, like
President Bush, in an effort to stifle U.S. action on global warming.
Actor Orlando bloom is shown signing an on-site pledge.