From EDF's Fred Krupp?
Recently the Environmental Defense Fund's Executive Director Fred Krupp
has criticized the proposed merger between Exxon and Mobil on grounds that
the two corporations oppose the Kyoto global warming treaty. Yet the Environmental
Defense Fund ( EDF ) has carried out a similar merger with an opponent
of the treaty.
An EDF non-profit subsidiary the "Environmental Resources Trust" (ERT)
includes on its seven
person board C. Boyden Gray. Not only is Mr. Gray on the board,
but he is Chairman of the board. For Mr. Gray to chair this environmental
project is surprising to say the least. In 1997 Gray led the industry campaign
to neutralize the effort of EPA's chief Carol Browner to strengthen the
nation's clean air standards. It is the height of audacity to think
of Gray as an environmentalist in that he has followed in the footsteps
of James Watt -- the actions of both men have been so outrageous that they
created issues for environmentalists to rally against and to base fund-raising
appeals. Let's look at the reasons why Gray's presence on ERT's board is
like inviting the wolf into the hen house.
Mr. Gray is a long time opponent of a global warming treaty. He also
chairs the board of Citizens for a Sound Economy, a leading anti-environmental
group opposing the Kyoto treaty as evident from the group's home
page that denounces Vice-President Gore as a "Pain in the Gas" and
calls for the treaty's defeat. Gray has been a reliable major donor to
the Republican Party which as a whole stalwartly stands against the Kyoto
treaty. As a Reagan and Bush lieutenant, Boyden "Regulatory Relief" Gray
spent 12 years scuttling a multitude of environmental endeavors, including
a global warming treaty at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Leaving his government
perch, he stuck to the same agenda: through his law firm and Beltway lobbying
groups, Gray represents the interests of a rogue's gallery of carbon-spewing
corporations, including Geneva Steel which years ago was shown to be sickening
school children from the company's smokestack emissions. With this background,
Gray's presence on ERT's board evokes a specter of inherent corruption.
Critics of the market-based global carbon trading scheme advocated by
EDF have charged that trading is geared towards saving oil and industrial
interests. At the recent Buenos Aires meeting, controversy surrounded the
insistence of the U.S. to pursue its emissions reductions primarily by
trading; many question whether this tact will lead to a pro-environmental
outcome. These doubts are reinforced when arch anti-environmentalist and
fixer C. Boyden Gray stands with EDF/ERT as advocate and guarantor for
the integrity and efficacy of emissions trading.
Regarding Gray's affiliation with ERT, Bernardo Issel of NonProfit Accountability
Project commented that " it is appalling for EDF to bring onto the board
of its new group Gray -- a recidivist opponent of the environmental community;
furthermore, considering that Boyden Gray has for almost two decades dedicated
himself to attacking the command and control regulatory backbone of our
environmental laws, it is incredulous that he would be placed in command
of this EDF sponsored project."
The fact that EDF would bring Gray on to the board of ERT explains why
some environmental activists think EDF has "sold-out" and believe EDF and
Fred Krupp are corrupt.
Action Alert: Angry by this questionable
partnership of EDF's? Then the NonProfit Accountability Project
urges you to take action by appealing to one of EDF's supporters -- actress
to reevaluate her association with EDF.