Coalition Letter to BP Amoco
Sir John Browne
We are writing on behalf of Earth Day 2000, the Dirty Jobs Boycott and our joint Green Pledge Campaign to ask you to end BP Amocos efforts to explore and drill for oil along the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
BP Amoco prides itself on its environmentally friendly reputation and concern for the environment. We applaud the company for dropping its membership from the Global Climate Coalition, the Washington, D.C.-based industry groups that has given more than $60 million to politicians in lobbying against the Kyoto Protocol and other sensible global climate change policies. However, as you said yourself, "policies are easy to state, but their ultimate expression lies in the way we behave." Any effort to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is simply unacceptable behavior, especially from a company that has made worked for progress in other areas of environmental concern.
Evidence of the value of the pristine habitat of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the dangers associated with oil drilling continue to mount, considering the following:
Furthermore, drilling for oil in the refuge is not just dangerous; its not even necessary. By increasing the average fuel efficiency of cars and trucks, we would save more oil in the long term than estimated in the refuge. President Clintons recent actions demonstrate that we need to act now to limit environmental destruction that would harm the future of the Earth.
Our request is a simple and sensible. We ask BP Amoco to stop efforts to explore and drill for oil along the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is home to an array of unique biological treasures whose value is incomparable to the four to six months worth of oil the United States Geological Survey is expected to contain.
As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Earth Day, consumers concern for the environment is piqued. We are now prepared to take that concern into the buying, investing and working arenas through our Green Pledge Campaign. We are already organizing consumers, investors, and college students to withhold their working power from B.P. should B.P. fail to take action before Earth Day, April 22, 2000. Should you continue to attempt to drill for oil in the Arctic Refuge, we will ask consumers, investors and college students to take their business elsewhere. There is no reason why consumers should entrust their future to corporations that do not consider the long-term environmental impacts of their actions. We urge you to take this action before Earth Day on April 22, 2000.
It is time for BP Amoco to live up to its self-proclaimed title of environmental leader and appreciate and protect one of the last remaining unique parcels of wilderness. Take the responsible step of leaving the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge alone - before its too late.
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