LA auto show to open with a meeting of Oil Addicts Anonymous
Today, Wednesday, November 29 the Los Angeles chapter of Oil Addicts Anonymous will be holding a meeting at the main entrance of the Convention Center next to the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The meeting is intended to inform people about the differences between what they call "environmental fact from auto industry fiction." OAA apparently wants to cut through all the hype of the introductions of new greener vehicles from all the car-makers at the show.
The group wants to "offer empathy, support and encouragement" to the car-makers to help wean them from their addiction to fossil fuels. The meeting will occur right after Ford shows off their fuel cell-powered Explorer, a vehicle which will likely never go into production. OAA wants to have an intervention for the auto industry, encouraging them to make vastly more efficient vehicles and will be holding a series of "creative actions" throughout the show. The meeting takes place at noon. The full press release is after the jump.
Wednesday's Oil Addicts Anonymous meeting kicks off a series of colorful events challenging the auto industry to commit to real environmental progress
WHO: Representatives from the most oil-addicted auto companies, Rainforest Action Network, Global Exchange, Ruckus Society, and concerned LA citizens
WHAT: Oil Addicts Anonymous meeting to open LA Auto Show
WHERE: The main entrance of the convention center adjacent to the Staples Center, corner of Figueroa and W 12th St, downtown Los Angeles
WHEN: Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 12 noon
WHY: As the auto industry unveil their "eco-cars" to journalists attending this week's Los Angeles Auto Show, concerned citizens will be on hand to help separate environmental fact from auto industry fiction.
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles "Oil Addicts Anonymous" chapter is organizing a meeting to offer empathy, support and encouragement to help the American auto industry confront its grave addiction to oil. For example, Ford Motor Company's cars, trucks and SUVs guzzle approximately 1.8 million barrels of oil a day, while General Motors' destructive campaign to crush petroleum-free, pollution-free electric vehicles has been immortalized in the critically-acclaimed documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car". Directly preceding the Oil Addicts Anonymous meeting, Ford will unveil its new hydrogen cell concept car. Unfortunately, this vehicle is not planned for mass production and will likely not be available to consumers for years- if ever. While the public is being shown eco-demonstration vehicles at this week's auto show, the automakers' efforts sadly fall far short of the response needed in order to effectively break America's oil addiction.
Oil Addicts Anonymous (OAA) is a forum where individuals come together to share their experiences in building a world free from oil dependence and to support governments and corporations in their efforts to break their oil addiction. Other chapters of OAA across the country have adopted their local automobile dealers, promoted plug-in hybrid vehicles, persuaded local governments to reduce their consumption of oil, and developed strategies such as walking, bicycling and riding buses to swear off oil all together.
"It's time for an intervention. We are here to reach out to the auto industry and help them onto the road to recovery. If they're serious about making an environmental commitment, then Ford, GM, Toyota and the rest of the automakers will commit to mass produce fuel-efficient cars, rather than mass-market environmental dreams," says Mike Hudema, Independence for Oil Director with Global Exchange. "While automakers spend millions of dollars advertising their environmental commitments, they continue to sell America's most oil-addicted vehicles."
"We have chairs here for each of the automakers, they are welcome to join OAA," said Nile Malloy, Jumpstart Ford campaigner with Rainforest Action Network. "For Ford and GM, the surest way to a secure economic future is to break their addiction to oil."
Environmentalists will hold a series of creative actions throughout the five-day auto show, calling for mass production of the most fuel-efficient vehicles available.
For more information, visit www.jumpstartford.com
The Jumpstart Ford Campaign is working to end America's oil dependence, reduce oil related conflicts, and stop global climate change by convincing the auto industry to dramatically improve fuel efficiency and eliminate vehicle greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Launch by Rainforest Action Network, Global Exchange and The Ruckus Society in 2003, the campaign has specifically targeted Ford Motor Company because the US Environmental Protection Agency has consistently ranked the company at or near the bottom in overall fuel economy among major American automakers.
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