Environmentalists clash with Washington Nationals over Oil Co. ads
- (I expected the oil company to be Citgo, but it was Exxon-Mobil. CITGO has been enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame since 2006).
- the country’s first certified green major professional sports stadium, with energy-conserving lights and water-conserving plumbing.
Now, the team is the focus of protests from environmentalists who say their issue is not with the stadium, but with the Nationals’ advertising relationship with the oil giant ExxonMobil.
- The company’s logo appears prominently on the left-field wall and is frequently featured on the stadium’s scoreboard.
Despite the stadium’s recognition for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design by the U.S. Green Building Council, ExxonMobil’s involvement has erased any good will, say the leaders of Strike Out Exxon, a combination of environmental, civic and religious groups.
- The groups want the Nationals to end their advertising arrangement with the company."...
From NY Times by Bernie Becker, 7/27/08
- P.S. Some recognition of MLB man-made global warming/climate change window dressing. (sm)