Major corporations to cut emissions 90%!!! (not)

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.

Huh? Really?

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,, to distribute the release, which looked a lot lik the real U.S. Climate Action Partnership site,
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.