It was an interesting e-mail that showed up this morning:
Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 2007 – The U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a consortium of 33 prominent businesses and organizations, announced today a commitment amongst its members to a 90% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The announcement was timed to coincide with the opening of a major United Nations climate summit in Bali.
Hmmm. That’s a pretty big percentage. Wonder who’s calling for that?
USCAP’s members include many US market leaders such as Alcoa, BP, Caterpillar, ConocoPhillips, Dow, DuPont, Ford, General Electric, General Motors Corp., Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, PG&E, Shell and Xerox.
What?! Holy cow, this is big news!
USCAP is also calling for an immediate moratorium on the construction of new coal-fired power plants.
USCAP is promoting landmark legislation for a government funded “Sustainable Job Corps.” This politically popular program would create 5 million jobs building a new public utility grid based on renewable technologies, with a goal of producing 50% of the US energy supply by 2020.
Ok, this can’t be right….
And it wasn’t. The e-mail was a fake.
A group called Rising Tide North America set up a web site, www.climateactionpartnership.org, to distribute the release, which looked a lot lik the real U.S. Climate Action Partnership site, www.us-cap.org.
Apparently some bloggers and news outlets (including the Dallas Morning News) posted something online about the faux news item earlier today. While it’s a funny gag, the Yes Men still take the cake.