Greenpeace turns Washington Monument into memorial to failed Bush Climate Legacy

Press release - 30 January, 2008
Responding to the Bush Administration’s continued obstruction of international efforts to address global warming, Greenpeace activists turned one of the nation’s most iconic symbols into a memorial to Bush’s failed legacy on climate change. Greenpeace projected on the Washington Monument the message: U.S. Global Warming Plan: Hell and High Water accompanied by an image depicting rising sea levels at the base, a predicted consequence of global warming.

"President Bush's policies on global warming are a disaster," said John Coequyt, energy policy analyst at Greenpeace USA. "His international meeting on climate change in Hawaii is a rogue process to deflect attention from the administration's insistence to maintain America's dependence on dirty and dangerous energy sources while failing to address the growing climate crisis. As the XX has long outlived the President it was built to honour, so too will Bush's legacy on climate change stand as a memorial to his neglect, obstruction and destruction."

Greenpeace's projection served to call attention to Bush's global warming policies a day after his State of the Union address and on the eve of Bush's international meeting of the world's largest emitters of global warming pollution, called the 'Major Economies Meeting,' which takes place in  Hawaii on Wednesday and Thursday.

After being roundly rebuked in December in Bali at the UN's International Conference on Climate Change, the Bush Administration continues to push its alternative Major Economies process that seeks to replace the Kyoto Protocol's legally binding emissions reduction targets with a completely inadequate voluntary approach.  "If the President were serious about leading on climate change, he would stop obstructing the U.N.'s process and endorse a cap on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions," Coequyt said. The United States stands completely isolated as the only industrialized country on the planet not to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.

"The Bush administration continues to push a climate-destroying agenda and to obstruct all meaningful efforts to address global warming by the international community," said Daniel Mittler Greenpeace International Climate Policy Expert. "The Bush Administration is hell-bent on obstructing global progress on climate change and was booed by the world community for its do nothing attitude in Bali last month. Bush is as opposed to binding emission cuts as ever and his Major Emitters Meeting in Honolulu is nothing but a cynical charade lacking any legitimacy."

Greenpeace is calling on the countries attending the meeting to maintain their commitments to substantive action under the Kyoto Protocol. Participating countries include: Japan, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, China, Canada, India, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Australia, Indonesia, and South Africa, as well as the United Nations, the EU Presidency and the EU Commission.

Other contacts: Jane Kochersperger, Media Officer Greenpeace USA, + 1 202 680 3798 cellJohn Coequyt, Greenpeace USA energy campaign, +1 202 669 7060Daniel Mittler, Greenpeace International, +49 171 876 53 45 (mobile)

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Notes: Notes: A major emitters briefing memo is available upon request. For further information on the outcome of the Bali negotiations, go to:

Exp. contact date: 2008-02-29 00:00:00