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Greenpeace Sends ‘Rescue Squad’ to US Chamber of Commerce


Greenpeace Activists place Climate Crime Banners on the exterior of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Building in Washington Dec. 17, 2009. Activists ascended 25-foot ladders and crisscrossed the building with oversized crime scene tape reading: “Climate Policy Hostage Area// Global Warming Crime Scene.” (Photo: Greenpeace)

Greenpeace doesn't want American citizens to forget who's stalling
progress on climate action, namely, entrenched industrial polluters.

To drive home the point, a group of activists rushed to the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Washington D.C. in four squad cars
to declare the area a "climate crime scene." They quickly taped off the
area with bright yellow crime scene tape and called on their "climate
policy hostage negotiator" to "negotiate the safe release of President
Obama's climate policy from the hands of industry lobbyists".

The mock disaster acted out may have been a little high concept for
some, but it likely made sense to those following the Copenhagen
Climate Talks, where activists are concerned that President Obama will
fail to deliver a strong carbon emissions commitment tomorrow, mainly
because U.S. fossil fuel industries have a stronghold on elected
leaders. The street theater was timed to precede Obama's imminent
arrival in Copenhagen for the final two days of talks.

The theatrics spoofed how Washington/business politics have gummed
up U.S. climate policy.  But it highlighted the serious,  real-life
role that the U.S. Chamber has played in denying climate change and/or
claiming that is is not the fault of humans and does not require
serious attention.

In recent weeks, several corporate members of the chamber have
resigned, citing the organization's refusal to see climate change as a
real and serious threat.

Said Greenpeace in a news release: "The US Chamber of Commerce has
committed a series of climate crimes including: misinformation of the
public on the issue of climate change, stalling action on global
warming legislation, and holding the international climate talks
hostage. Activists are calling on President Obama to show leadership
and shed the influence of lobbyists."

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