There appear to be some cracks in the organization’s armor. Fueling California’s board of directors once included representatives from United Airlines, Walmart, UPS, Chevron and others. But Fueling California’s website no longer lists the board of directors at all, and Walmart confirmed it is no longer involved.
Flying Clean Alliance members, Stop Fooling California, have launched a new petition and a major ad campaign calling on United Airlines to stop helping oil-giant Chevron block clean energy in California.
Here’s the ad Stop Fooling California are running on major news sites in the Golden State:
Tell United Airlines to stop helping Chevron turn the clock back toward a dirty energy past. Tell them to withdraw from the oil giant’s front group, and instead help California keep moving forward to a clean energy future.
United Airlines has the undistinguished honor of the worst overall airline performance, according to a recent report. With customer complaints that nearly doubled since last year, the airline’s reputation is anything but clean.
But the dubious recognition doesn’t shine a light on the company’s seedy underbelly of clean air and climate opposition
Flying Clean is partnering with Stop Fooling CA to uncover United Airlines, Big Oil and their friends’ closed-door efforts to block implementation of standards that would clean the skies and clear the air.
Airplanes burn dirty fuel that contaminates the air, contributing to respiratory illnesses throughout California and the nation. Unfortunately, instead of cleaning up their act, United Airlines’ lobbyists have worked in Washington to block applying the Clean Air Act and other laws to reduce pollution from the aviation industry, one of the fastest growing carbon emissions sector in the world.
United Airlines’ dirty wings have a far reach that affects what’s happening right here at home, too. In California, current and former United Airlines employees are leading an oil-funded front group called “Fueling California” to mislead Californians and kill clean air and fuel standards.
Fueling California is a Chevron-funded group that purports to represent the interests of consumers, but instead is focused on finding ways to undermine our climate law and our clean fuels standards.
Bob Sturtz – the former managing director of strategic sourcing for United Airlines – is the President and CEO of Fueling California. And at his side is Melinda Yee Franklin, director of corporate and government affairs for United’s western region.
The oily front group held a closed-door meeting earlier this year to discuss alternatives to California’s clean fuel standard; it’s hard to imagine they had consumers’ interests at heart while trying to kill a popular state law that’s a critical step toward clean air and better health. While executives and lobbyists discussed how to avoid complying with the standard, they shut out health and environmental groups that represent millions of Californians.
We’re proud to partner with Stop Fooling CA to expose United Airlines and Fueling California’s secretive and dirty practices. It’s time to clean the air and Stop Fooling California.
To learn more about Flying Clean and to sign their petition calling on United Airlines to get on board with climate action, visit http://www.flyingclean.com/
The U.S. airline industry is fighting a plan to reduce climate pollution, while a new study out this week finds that climate change will lead to more turbulence and higher costs for flights spanning the Atlantic ocean.
The study, published in the scientific journal Nature, concludes that as climate pollution increases, so will atmospheric disruption and as CNN reports, this causes a “vicious circle”:
“The report concluded that ‘journey times may lengthen and fuel consumption and emissions may increase’ as a result. This increase in emissions could then intensify global warming problems, causing a vicious circle for pilots, fliers and the environment.”
In only a few short weeks, the Obama administration and other governments will make a major decision that has the potential to greatly reduce climate pollution from airplanes. United Airlines is trying to stop it from happening. United needs to hear from its customers that it should get out of the way.