European Business Resists Exxon/Mobil Opposition to Global Warming
Do The Companies Think Oil Is Renewable?
After a Couple Million Years
Europe Wants Shorter Timeline/Bush Administration Appears More Patient
America's Competitive Enterprise Institute has been meeting with businesses and leaders around Europe to drum up support for a plan to undermine Europe's support for the Kyoto treaty on climate change.
CEI, with financial backing from Exxon/Mobil, has consistently backed the overthrow of environmental protections. One of their more interesting positions is pushing for the repeal of Fuel Economy standards because fuel-efficient cars have
a higher fatality rate from the behemoth gas-guzzlers currently going out of vogue.
The lobbyist, Chris Horner has been talking with businesses like Ford Europe and German utility RWE, which is reminiscent of a drive in the late '90's to fight Kyoto's acceptance in the US.
Boy, Wal-Mart Is Popular: Even Anti Wal-Mart Documentary Is a Hit!
LOS ANGELES. The controversial anti-Wal-Mart film "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" has sold nearly 100,000 DVDs its first month in release, peaking at No. 5 on Nielsen VideoScan's documentary sales chart.
The Robert Greenwald film, released November 15 by the Disinformation Company, is available at retailers nationwide, with the notable exception of Wal-Mart, which mounted a massive counter-attack against the film in the weeks before its
The giant retail chain sent reporters packets of materials...
Under Pressure, Ford Cancels Gay Advertising, then Reverses Itself
Which Models Will It Feature: Explorer? Freestyle? Mustang? Will It Bring Back the Probe?
Does American Family Association Plan to Boycott Other Gay Products????
Hey, What About Better World Club? We Recognize Domestic Partners. And We Surcharge Gas Guzzlers. (How Gay Is That?)
December 16, 2005. Ford Motor Company has reversed its decision to pull some advertisements from gay publications after rumours that it had done so in a "secret deal" with an American conservative Christian group
led to sharp condemnation from rights groups.
"It is clear there is a misperception about our intent," Ford said in a letter to seven rights groups yesterday.
"As a result we have decided to run corporate ads in these targeted publications that will include not only Jaguar/Land Rover but all eight of Ford's vehicle brands."
The controversy placed the struggling automaker in the midst of a debate on social values it had hoped to avoid and which observers said it could not win.
Ford, which has a solid record on supporting gay rights, was targeted earlier this year for a boycott by the powerful American Family Association, which recently made headlines for forcing US retailers to hang "Merry Christmas" signs.
The association - which had created a now-defunct website castigating Ford's ads in the gay press - claimed a victory on December 1 saying "our concerns are being addressed".
The story soon spread from blogs and the gay press into the mainstream media.
From: Agence France-Presse
FYI: WSJ Columnist: Hybrid Buyers Should Just Tear Up Money and Pump Directly Into Gas Tank
Uses Bad Price Figures, Doesn't Seem to Care
In Follow-up: Asserts That Oil Is Going to Be Used Regardless, But Ignores that Imports Would Be Reduced
Wall Street Journal
November 30, 2005;
By HOLMAN W. JENKINS, JR.
Dear Valued Hybrid Customer...
We at the Toyota Motor Corporation are writing to address certain misconceptions that have arisen about your Toyota Prius model, which we are proud to note is driven by many celebrities, including Prince Charles and HBO's Larry David.
Our pioneering gasoline-electric hybrid, introduced in 1999, has become an object of adoration to the world's enlightened car buyers. Our competitors, including America's Big Three, are rushing out hybrid vehicles of their own. Unconfirmed
media reports say that we at Toyota intend to double our hybrid output to 500,000 vehicles next year. Along with other members of the auto industry, we will be lobbying for tax breaks and HOV privileges for hybrid vehicles.
However, any romance entering its seventh year tends to go stale. Some purchasers have begun to question the practical value of our Hybrid Synergy Drive technology.
Wall Street Journal
December 14, 2005
By HOLMAN W. JENKINS, JR.
Since we're still on the subject of fuel mileage -- or at least still responding to email after a column two weeks ago on the Toyota Prius -- let's spill a few more gallons of petroleum-based ink.
The Prius is a nifty gadget and comes with lots of extras. But Toyota markets the vehicle on its fuel efficiency, and fans tout its fuel efficiency. And our point was to debunk the idea that saving gasoline is a virtue independent of
economics, such that it makes sense, say, to spend a buck to reduce gas use by 50 cents.
Edmunds.com, the auto shopper site, guided us to Honda's Civic and Toyota's Corolla as conventional alternatives to the hybrid Prius. This was the source of our claim that the Prius retails for $9,500 more than comparable vehicles.
Fox News Host Bill O'Reilly called to remind us it was Christmas. Of course, we at Go Forward resist the commercialization
of the holiday. We encourage our readers to donate to
Earth Share and, as they say, give the gift of a healthy environment. You can also donate to The Better World Fund, our donation pool, which contributes to environmental clean-up and advocacy
But just because Go Forward resists commercialization doesn't mean that Better World Club does. In fact, Better World will donate a carbon offset for every gift membership up through Christmas. For more on Carbon Offsets which
offset the greenhouse gas generated by travel.
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