Greenpeace Shuts Down Exxonmobil Stations Across The UK

Oil Giant Fueling the Bush Administration's Oil Addiction

Media release - February 24, 2003
The world's largest oil company ExxonMobil was forced to close its British headquarters after 100 Greenpeace activists blocked the building entrance shutting out over a thousand employees.

The world's largest oil company ExxonMobil was forced to close its British headquarters after 100 Greenpeace activists blocked the building entrance shutting out over a thousand employees. Another 200 activists in small mobile teams closed down over 100 Esso (ExxonMobil's brand name in the U.K.) gas stations across the United Kingdom. Greenpeace is running a global campaign to stop ExxonMobil's sabotage of government action on global warming and its drive to keep the U.S. hooked on oil.

From dawn today the activists - some dressed in tiger costumes - began shutting off the electricity to the ExxonMobil pumps. A total of 119 stations have now been closed. The handles from the electricity switches were removed and posted to ExxonMobil board members in Texas. The pumps themselves were also padlocked. Approximately 80 activists have been arrested.

Greenpeace Climate Campaign Coordinator Gary Cook said: "ExxonMobil has done more than any other company to keep the U.S. hooked on oil in order to protect its business in fossil fuels. Shamefully, the Bush Administration's policies will guarantee that our oil addiction will continue to grow."

ExxonMobil has spent the last decade sabotaging international action on global warming and directing U.S. climate and energy policy by playing an instrumental role in the Bush Administration's policies that are increasing our oil addiction, instead of supporting cleaner, safer energy technologies. Such policies include:

  • President Bush's withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol, which reduces our fossil fuel consumption by encouraging energy efficiency and shifting investment to renewable energy technologies.
  • President Bush's so-called "Clear Skies" program, a voluntary-only program that will allow our fossil fuel addiction and corresponding global warming pollution to increase by 16% over the next decade.
  • The Bush Cheney Energy Plan, which calls for increased reliance on fossil fuels and imported oil instead of the development of renewable energy sources.