UPS: Stop Supporting Big Oil

Target: Scott Davis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of United Parcel Service of America, Inc. (UPS)

Goal: Stop supporting Fueling California, an oil industry front group dedicated to stopping California’s strict clean fuel policies

United Parcel Service (UPS) is one major company taking steps toward sustainability by increasing fuel efficiency in its 96,000-vehicle fleet. Yet the company continues to support Fueling California, a Chevron-funded group that fights California’s clean fuel policies. Urge UPS to end its affiliation with Fueling California, and further move beyond big oil.

UPS, one of the world’s leading delivery services, is one of several high-profile companies that have taken major steps toward increasing fuel efficiency in their fleet of vehicles, including introducing hybrid-electric delivery trucks. The company has increased its alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle fleet by 35 percent. However, UPS is a member of Fueling California, a nonprofit pro-oil advocacy group partially funded by Chevron, a major oil company.

California leads the nation with its ambitious clean fuel regulations and policies, including a low carbon fuel standard and clean car standards that have reduced pollution. Fueling California, an alliance that includes UPS, Chevron, Union Pacific Railroad, Con-Way, Harris Ranch, Ambassador International and the Avis Budget Group, is dedicated to derailing those policies by lobbying to relax California’s taxes, fees, and regulations on petroleum. Though the group claims that it will not advocate for any single fuel source, the companies involved stand to benefit if California relaxes its clean fuel standards and makes petroleum the cheapest, though dirtiest, option for California consumers.

High-profile companies like UPS can help reduce dependence on oil and promote cleaner, more efficient fuel technologies by taking the initiative to become sustainable and responsible energy consumers. Though its efforts to increase fuel efficiency in its fleet are laudable, UPS cannot continue to promote itself as a “green” company if it remains a member of a front group for big oil. Take a moment to sign the petition below to urge UPS to end its affiliation with Fueling California.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Scott Davis,

I urge the United Parcel Service to end its affiliation with Fueling California, a front group for big oil that has worked to fight California’s clean fuel policies.

As chairman and Chief Executive Officer at one of the nation’s leading parcel delivery companies, you have the unique opportunity to help make a difference in reducing oil consumption worldwide. UPS is already taking a stand for the environment by adopting fuel-efficient technologies for its 96,000-vehicle fleet, and this is a great step. The next step to becoming a responsible and sustainable company, however, is to stop supporting big oil.

End UPS’s support for Fueling California, and make a difference for the environment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Vanessa Solis Vanessa Solis says:

    If UPS wants to become a green company, it must cut ties with Fueling California.

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