Greenpeace: ExxonMobil Global Headquarters Shut Down
Business at the international headquarters of the world's most powerful company ground to a halt today as the Greenpeace Global Warming Crimes Unit converged on ExxonMobil's compound in Irving, Texas.
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Here's the release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 27, 2003
EXXONMOBIL BUSTED BY GREENPEACE GLOBAL WARMING CRIMES UNIT
Global Headquarters Shut Down Day Before Annual Meeting
DALLAS, Tex. - Business at the international headquarters of the world's most powerful company ground to a halt this morning as the Greenpeace Global Warming Crimes Unit converged on ExxonMobil's compound in Irving, Texas. Some members of the Unit are positioned across the entrance while others have entered the building to serve a list of charges against the company. The move comes as ExxonMobil's Board of Directors and international executives attempt to gather from across the world for tomorrow's Annual General Meeting.
As of 7:45 AM (CDT), 15 members of the Global Warming Crimes Unit are secured to the main gates, where two police-style vans are parked across the entrance used by staff and management. More than 30 members of the Unit have entered the compound, fabled for its high security. Some members of the Unit, including a Baptist minister, are actually inside the building, while others are on the roof, holding a banner that brands the building a "global warming crime scene." Employees arriving to work are turning away.
James Moore of the Global Warming Crimes Unit said, "This is where ExxonMobil plots to sabotage all meaningful efforts to solve global warming. Within these walls, ExxonMobil executives fight to conduct business as usual while the catastrophe of global warming - which impacts millions of ordinary people - is completely ignored."
ExxonMobil stands accused of running a 10-year campaign of sabotage against international efforts to solve global warming. The company has used its influence and money to block agreements that would reduce global warming pollution. Recent figures show the company gives millions of dollars to ultra-conservative groups that aggressively lobby against action to protect our climate and direct President Bush's extreme energy policies.
The list of charges is accompanied by pages of evidence against the company. Copies of classified documents and letters demonstrate the unique role that ExxonMobil has played in sabotaging action on global warming, fraudulently misrepresenting the science, and lying to the American people.
"While 109 nations have signed the Kyoto Protocol to fight global warming, ExxonMobil has done all it can to ensure the United States sits on the sidelines," added Moore. "We will leave only when the company agrees to stop sabotaging international action on global warming. Meanwhile, everyone can help by refusing to buy gas from ExxonMobil."
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