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30_may_bush

wednesday 30 may 2001
friends of the earth europe

letter to us senator jeffords: hope against bush's hardline on environment

Millions around the world look to Senator Jeffords for a thaw in the US freeze on World Climate Treaty

Today, Friends of the Earth International, the world's largest grassroots environment network with groups in 68 countries, sent a letter to newly independent US Senator Jim Jeffords, future leader of the Senate Committee on the Environment asking for his help in bringing the United States back to the world climate treaty. Senator Jeffords rejected the Republican Party's increasing tilt away from public health, social and environmental safeguards, and has registered as an independent.

Dr Brent Blackwelder, President of Friends of the Earth US: "Senator Jeffords has thrown the balance of power back towards a responsible policy toward climate change. Jeffords' rejection of the current administration's agenda reflects the outrage and disappointment felt by millions of people around the world who watched in horror as President Bush trashed the global climate treaty. Friends of the Earth hopes that the political shift in the Senate will send a clear message to Bush: the environment must not and cannot be sold off."

Roda Verheyen, Friends of the Earth Europe climate campaigner: "The Kyoto Protocol must not be reduced to a bargaining chip with the US. Presidents come and go, but Kyoto Protocol commitments have taken a decade of hard science and hard politics. The EU cannot afford to let Bush rule the day on what is the most urgent environmental question of our times. European governments must agree to implement the Protocol regardless of the US position at the EU summit in Gothenburg, otherwise it is unlikely that environmentally effective agreement can be negotiated with the other Parties."

Read the text of FoE's letter to Senator Jim Jeffords

Press Contacts:
Roda Verheyen, FOEE climate campaigner: + 49 179 465 2979
Howard Mollett, FOE Europe Press Officer: 02 542 01 89
Daniel Mittler, FOE Germany (BUND)
Organiser of the Friends of the Earth "LifeBoat Action" at the
next UN climate talks in Bonn: +49 30 275 86468

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH ACTION AT NEXT UN CLIMATE TALKS: THE LIFEBOAT --- JULY 21st 2001

For more information:
www.foeeurope.org/lifeboat

Last year, FOE brought thousands of people to the COP6 negotiations in The Hague to build 'The Dike'. This year, FOE will build a huge symbolic LIFEBOAT in Bonn at COP6bis together with thousands to tell governments "Don't Sink The Kyoto Protocol !" ...

 

 

 

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