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Pepsi and Coke targeted by activists for using tar sands oil
ForestEthics and the Sierra Club want the two major beverage companies to clean up their oil supply.
A group of activists hit the streets of New York City, dressed up a dirty soda cans. They want to get CocaCola and Pepsi to stop fueling their private fleets with tar sands oil, one of the dirtiest sources of energy on earth. The campaign is being sponsored by ForestEthics and the Sierra Club.
Unlike individuals, who can’t know where the gas we put in our vehicles comes from, large companies have a lot more say through contractual agreements with the oil industry. “Cooperations can write into their contracts to stop buying from refineries that process tar sands oil,” said Rachel Rye Butler, a Sierra Club organizer.
When Keri Rimel’s husband first came down with respiratory symptoms, he wasn’t sure what caused them. He had a sore throat, congested sinuses, and runny eyes.
The day before, he has visited the construction site of their new home, where a contractor was installing spray polyurethane foam insulation. He and the architect were in the same room as the installer. “He didn’t think anything of it,” said his wife, Keri Rimel. Losing their health and homes to spray polyurethane foam for TreeHugger.com