AFPM Issues Challenge to's Bill McKibben

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) responds to's Global Divestment Day (Feb. 13-14), the latest initiative in its Fossil Free campaign, by challenging founder Bill McKibben to practice what he preaches and abstain from his use of anything to do with fossil fuels for one week.

"Mr. McKibben should put his lifestyle where his convictions are," AFPM President Charles T. Drevna said. "We find Mr. McKibben's rhetoric most ironic, not to mention totally hypocritical, as he lectures universities, religious institutions, U.S. companies and others to divest from investing in fossil fuels related firms. If he were a person of true conviction, Mr. McKibben would lead the way by divesting himself from the use of any products made from fossil fuels for at least one week," Drevna continued.

"So, Mr. McKibben," Drevna added, "please abstain from such dreadful activities as brushing your teeth, taking private or public transportation, using a cell phone or computer, going for a run with your favorite athletic shoes, riding your bike or wearing the helmet. And please stay out of the rain, since you won't be able to use any gear, including the umbrella. If you fall ill from getting caught in the elements without the protective gear, you won't be able to take any medicine to help you recover. Just let us know how you are after only one week."

About AFPM

AFPM, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers is a trade association representing high-tech American manufacturers of virtually the entire U.S. supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, other fuels and home heating oil, as well as the petrochemicals used as building blocks for thousands of vital products in daily life. AFPM members make modern life possible and keep America moving and growing as they meet the needs of our nation and local communities, strengthen economic and national security, and support 2 million American jobs.

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