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Verizon Wireless Still Not Answering the Call on Climate Change -- Time to Turn Up the Heat

Rob Perks

Posted September 2, 2009

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In response to my post yesterday about Verizon Wireless sponsoring Massey's anti-mountain, pro-coal Labor Day rally, a firestorm erupted on Verizon's Facebook page.  (If you're in the mood to chuckle, just scroll through the angry catcalls from the climate-hater crowd in the comments section of my original Switchboard blog post.)  As a follow-up, I'm sharing the email I received today from CREDO Action (mobilizing arm of Working Assets).  The utter disdain Verizon Wireless is showing toward its concerned customers over this situation is appalling and, quite frankly, hard to believe from a corporation that strives for broad appeal.  See for yourself -- as explained in CREDO's message below -- and then please take action and help spread the word.


Dear Rob,

Verizon Wireless responded to our campaign with utter contempt. It's time to turn up the heat!

Before we launched our campaign, CREDO Action reached out to Verizon Wireless to confirm its sponsorship of the pro-coal "Friends of America" rally. Becky Bond, our Political Director, then sent a cordial follow-up to give Verizon Wireless a heads-up that our campaign had launched. Verizon replied as follows: 

"This is how our response is going over with the activists. Becky once lived in a tree for a while. At least now I know where the emails are coming from."
- James Gerace, VP of Corporate Communications at Verizon Wireless

 You got that?

If you don't think that Verizon Wireless should support global warming deniers and practitioners of mountaintop removal mining, then Verizon Wireless thinks it's okay to dismiss your concerns because you must have "lived in a tree for a while."

If they're going to try to mock us for opposing right wing demagoguery, then we'll just have to make more noise.

So please take a minute to ask your friends and family to join this campaign, especially if they are Verizon Wireless customers.

Let's remember how this campaign started. Verizon Wireless apparently sees nothing wrong with co-sponsoring a rally put on by Massey Energy, the biggest violator of the Clean Water Act in history; sees nothing wrong with giving a platform to people who deny global warming; sees nothing wrong with giving the emcee microphone to Ted Nugent who famously said:

Obama, he's a piece of sh - . I told him to suck on my machine gun...Hey Hillary [Clinton] you might want to ride one of these [machine guns] into the sunset, you worthless b - ch.

Apparently these are the values and sentiments Verizon Wireless feels comfortable associating itself with. You can violate the law, pillage the Earth and publicly insult Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the most vulgar way. Verizon Wireless is fine with that. But when we express common sense concerns about environmental stewardship, Verizon Wireless thinks we're tree-hugging nuts.

The most galling part of this response from Verizon Wireless is how Verizon's response conflicts with its rhetoric about the environment. Its website, proudly declares:

Verizon Wireless works every day to protect our environment and give our customers opportunities to do the same.


Environmental stewardship is ingrained in Verizon's heritage, and the company prides itself on having a positive influence on the environment in which it operates.

Give me a break!

If they're going to talk the talk about environmental stewardship, then they ought to walk the walk.

Help us turn up the heat up on Verizon Wireless by spreading the word about this campaign to your friends and family, especially those who are Verizon Wireless customers.

Thank you for pressuring Verizon Wireless to sever ties with environmental extremists.

Matt Lockshin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action

P.S. You can go directly to our petition to Verizon Wireless by clicking here.


Keep up the good work, CREDO.  And let's keep the pressure on Verizon Wireless, people! 

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TRACY JACKSONSep 2 2009 11:28 PM

Check your notes... Denny Strigl is no longer VZW CEO.

DarceySep 3 2009 04:08 PM

With all due respect, your environmental war on the American society is getting old and the MAJORITY of citizens, including Verizon customers, are growing tired of your ideological beliefs being imposed on our lives and freedoms.

According to the latest Rasmussen Report (7/1/09), Fifty-six percent (56%) of Americans say they are NOT willing to pay more in taxes and utility costs to generate cleaner energy and fight global warming.

Dr. Arthur Robinson of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine has confirmed that more than 31,000 scientists have signed a petition REJECTING the theory human-caused caused global warming. A significant majority of these scientists along with climatologists and meteorologists have also expressed strong doubt about the danger of global warming and whether or not humans are having a major impact for the worse on the climate. In fact, numerous experts are now claiming that, once again, the world is cooling. If you would like more information on “Global Cooling”, I believe you could speak with Al Gore’s “Global Warming” advisor Dr. James Hansen (director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies) whose early work, ironically enough, was used to justify global cooling.

Stop the environmental persecution of communities, businesses and citizens of this country. We have had enough!

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