On Tuesday, January 9th Public Citizen and Greenpeace announced the award at Ford CEO Jim Hackett’s keynote speech at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show.
Companies like Ford are trying to have it both ways – advertising themselves as being green but in fact working with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers to roll back the standards. Ford’s contradictory positions are particularly stark: While Chairman Bill Ford proclaims himself an environmentalist, stating that “climate change is real and a critical threat, and we will continue to work with leaders around the world in support of ambitious global greenhouse gas reduction targets,” his company hides behind the Alliance, whose lobbying efforts threaten to undo the largest federal climate program on the books.
Read the full release here.
“Despite how much Ford tries, there’s no disguising its backward push to stymy innovation and bring consumers pollution-belching, pocketbook-draining guzzlers. In September, we called on Ford to back up its sustainability claims with action by pulling out of efforts by the Automobile Alliance to undo the clean car standards. But since then, Ford’s lobbyists have met with the Trump administration and even testified before Congress to roll back the safeguards. Our award was a humorous way to showcase a deadly serious problem. I’m glad we could deliver the trophy today.”
– Madeline Page, campaign coordinator with Public Citizen
“At this critical moment for the climate, we need companies like Ford to do a whole lot more than pay lip-service to the public – we need them to lead. Greenpeace is committed to holding accountable the companies responsible for the climate crisis. That’s why we’re here today at the Consumer Electronics Show, to call out Ford for its efforts to weaken a standard that would cut the climate impact of cars in half. We’ll continue to escalate our tactics until Ford keeps its promise to the American people and agrees to stop any and all rollback efforts on clean cars standards.”
– Natalie Nava, Project Leader at Greenpeace USA