Concerned Citizens from the U.S. and Mexico Demand a Stop to LNG Project

A day after a major protest in Mexico, Greenpeace, members of the Ratepayers for Affordable Clean Energy coalition (RACE) and Mexican community activists visited the Sempra Energy headquarters to bring their message straight to the horse's mouth, CEO Stephen L. Baum. Participants signed a petition calling for the cancellation of Sempra and Shell's $600 million Energía Costa Azul Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) receiving terminal project in Baja California, Mexico.

A day after a major protest in Mexico, Greenpeace, members of the Ratepayers for Affordable Clean Energy coalition (RACE) and Mexican community activists visited the Sempra Energy headquarters to bring their message straight to the horse's mouth, CEO Stephen L. Baum. Participants signed a petition calling for the cancellation of Sempra and Shell's $600 million EnergÌa Costa Azul Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) receiving terminal project in Baja California, Mexico.

"LNG facilities are a severe safety risk and should not be dumped on Mexico. The truth is they are unsafe and unnecessary. Sempra should invest in clean energy like wind and solar," said Greenpeace Energy Specialist John Coequyt. According to Arturo Moreno, Greenpeace Mexico Campaigner, "Mexico's renewable energy potential is being ignored as the Mexican government rushes to embrace the wishes of multinational companies like Sempra."

Yesterday, Greenpeace Mexico placed two large replications of LNG storage tanks in front of the Mexican Energy Department building in Mexico City. The Mexican activists sent a clear message to their government to reject dirty energy from Sempra and invest in Mexico's untapped clean energy potential.

The RACE coalition is working within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to protect ratepayers from being locked into a dirty energy future and ensure that the state implements the renewable energy portfolio standard and community choice aggregation laws. "San Diego should follow through with it's promise to invest in 50 megawatts of renewable energy over the next ten years." Said Donna Frye, San Diego City Council Member, " Clean Energy is California's solution for a healthy future."

Today's event comes just a one-week before an international coalition of over 80 nations meet to discuss a global commitment to clean energy. The Bush Administration has been unwilling to support international renewable energy targets and timetables. Greenpeace is calling on the Bush Administration to join the world community in supporting the establishment of a global renewable energy standard of 20 percent renewable electricity by 2020 and the creation of finance mechanisms for supporting renewable energy projects in the countries like Mexico.

RACE Members: Amazon Watch, Border Power Plant Working Group, Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC), Greenpeace, Local Power , Long Beach Citizens for Utility Reform, Marin Clean Alternative Energy Now, Northcoast Environmental Center, Pacific Environment , Public Citizen, Vallejo Community Planned Renewal (VCPR), Womens Energy Matters

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