Today in History: An Eco-Killer Created
Today, we celebrate the creation of one of the world’s most ecologically destructive companies. On November 30, 1999 the world witnessed the merger of Exxon and Mobil, two of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, to create the world’s largest company, ExxonMobil. While this may have been seen as beneficial for the job market, it was certainly not beneficial for the environment.
In its 13 years of existence, ExxonMobil has been responsible for some of the worst eco-crimes on the planet, including (but not limited to) the horrendous Exxon-Valdez oil spill and the Greenpoint oil spill. And that’s not all.
Not only has ExxonMobil caused several eco-disasters, they have also funded climate skeptics with the intention of discrediting the work of climate scientists. This is a sad example of scientific bias as well as an unethical act.
Several groups have dedicated themselves to ending ExxonMobil’s unethical practices. Leading them in the fight is Greenpeace. Greenpeace has dedicated a section of their organization to research on ExxonMobil. Exxonsecrets documents the web of corruption that stems from ExxonMobil.
However, ExxonMobil remains untouched by the media, mainly because of its influence on the job market, as well as world economics and politics.
Indeed, ExxonMobil is such a company that it has the ability to change the fate of entire nations. For example, in the countries of Nigeria, Chad, and Equatorial Guinea, ExxonMobil is known to tolerate political violence due to its “see-no-evil” policy, allowing tyrant rulers to attack anyone they wish as long as it doesn’t interfere with ExxonMobil. This makes it extremely difficult to fight against ExxonMobil.
Another thing that many people forget is that while the collapse of the oil and gas corporations would be terrible for the job sector, the death of the environment would be even worse. Over 900,000 Americans would become unemployed in the farming, fishing, and forestry sectors, devastating the already fragile economy.
So, ExxonMobil has an impact on the job sector, foreign policy, the media, and the environment. This is unacceptable as well dangerous. To leave power in the hands of a few, leaves many in peril. Right now, we need to protest the unethical policies of ExxonMobil and force it to step up its game in preventing eco-disasters. We also need to stop the bias in the news where a blind eye is turned to climate change as well as to ExxonMobil’s questionable business practices. This can be changed through activism as well as speaking out. So speak out and join the movement.
- Get Educated
- By reading this blog, you have taken the first step to getting educated on this subject. Some websites I recommend include: Skeptical Science, the climate change section of Greenpeace, and a website my peers and I have created on Media Bias, Educate the People (This website will come online in a week. When it does, I will post a link).
- Spread the Word
- Try contacting your local news media, to ask them to cover climate change more. Or you could contact your congressman on how to get enviro-friendly bills passed. This will spread the word and find more people willing to change their ways.
- Make a Change
- Start making small changes in your life. Instead of turning up the heat, put on a sweater. Invest in insulation. Over 50% of your energy bill comes from heating and cooling. You could cut that bill if you prevented heating leaks. Use LED bulbs instead of incandescent light bulbs. They’re brighter and use less energy.
And remember this:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.