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.

Here’s how:

  1. Get Educated
    1. 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).
  2. Spread the Word
    1. 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.
  3. Make a Change
    1. 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.

~Margaret Mead


10 responses to “Today in History: An Eco-Killer Created”

  1. forrestm0017 says :

    Faizan, I thought this was a really great post. The way you went in-depth about all of the details was a very good thing to do with this post. Also, all of the information you gave was very informing and interesting. You might add a ‘Read More’ link, though.

  2. vickyz0017 says :

    I thought this was a really good post that covered everything we’ve worked on this year.I really liked how you put the viewpoints of both people who care about the economy and people who care about the earth. I used to get email reminders about Greenpeace, and I applaud you for your use of reliable sources. Good job Faizan!

  3. benb0017 says :

    I think this was a really great post, and I liked the plug at the bottom. One thing you might want to change is that while this is a website, it’s best to call it a blog instead of a website, because that’s what people think of it as. Another thing I think you could make a bit better would be to talk a bit more about how the media turns a blind eye on ExxonMobil. right now, you talk all about the company and how bad they are, and then at the very end you’re like: “oh yeah, and the media is ignoring climate change”. The topics aren’t similar enough to be able to jump around really easily, so i think that if you were to add a transition of some sort, then talk a bit more about how the media is ignoring climate change, the pacing and feel of the post might be a bit better. Other than that, great post.

    • faizanb0017 says :

      Thank You for your advice. I will definitely change some of the issues that you mentioned.

      Thanks for Reading,


  4. ajaym0017 says :

    Faizan, I think that this post is great because it makes the reader feel like they can do something to change. In a lot of posts you read it and say okay that was a great post, but what can I do about it. However, in this post I feel that there is already a layout of how I can help. One thing that I would change is early in the post when you referenced the Exxon-Valdez oil spill I would specify what that is in case one of your readers is not exactly sure what it is.

    Great Post

  5. chelsear0017 says :

    Faizan, I never would have thought ExxonMobil would have created all of these disasters. This post has really informed me and brought my attention greater to maybe the companies are causing a problem, and it’s not just us.

  6. austinh0017 says :

    Faizan, I think that there is another way to getting exon mobile to change their ways. If bio fuels get more popular than more people will use them and not pay much attention to exon and then they will have to slow down production.

    • faizanb0017 says :

      For bio-fuel to become more popular, other fuel sources would have to become less popular. And for a fuel source to become less popular, the products that use it have to become either less popular or change to accept a new fuel source. This is economically impossible as that would mean changing the following products: Solvents, Diesel fuel, Motor Oil, Bearing Grease, Ink, Floor Wax, Ballpoint Pens, Football Cleats, Upholstery, Sweaters, Boats, Insecticides, Bicycle Tires, Sports Car Bodies, Nail Polish, Fishing lures, Dresses, Tires, Golf Bags, Perfumes, Cassettes, Dishwasher parts, Tool Boxes, Shoe Polish, Motorcycle Helmet, Caulking, Petroleum Jelly, Transparent Tape, CD Player, Faucet Washers, Antiseptics, Clothesline, Curtains, Food Preservatives, Basketballs, Soap, Vitamin Capsules, Antihistamines, Purses, Shoes, Dashboards, Cortisone, Deodorant, Footballs, Putty, Dyes, Refrigerant, Percolators, Life Jackets, Rubbing Alcohol, Linings, Skis, TV Cabinets, Shag Rugs, Electrician’s Tape, Tool Racks, Car Battery Cases, Epoxy, Paint, Mops, Slacks, Insect Repellent, Oil Filters, Umbrellas, Yarn, Fertilizers, Hair Coloring, Roofing, Toilet Seats, Fishing Rods, Lipstick, Denture Adhesive, Linoleum, Ice Cube Trays, Synthetic Rubber, Speakers, Plastic Wood, Electric Blankets, Glycerin, Tennis Rackets, Rubber Cement, Fishing Boots, Dice, Nylon Rope, Candles, Trash Bags, House Paint, Water Pipes, Hand Lotion, Roller Skates, Surf Boards, Shampoo, Wheels, Paint Rollers, Shower Curtains, Guitar Strings, Luggage, Aspirin, Safety Glasses, Antifreeze, Football Helmets, Awnings, Eyeglasses, Clothes, Toothbrushes, Ice Chests, Footballs, Combs, CD’s & DVD’s, Paint Brushes, Detergents, Vaporizers, Balloons, Sun Glasses, Tents, Heart Valves, Crayons, Parachutes, Telephones, Enamel, Pillows, Dishes, Cameras, Anesthetics, Artificial Turf, Artificial limbs, Bandages, Dentures, Model Cars, Folding Doors, Hair Curlers, Cold cream, Movie film, Soft Contact lenses, Drinking Cups, Fan Belts, Car Enamel, Shaving Cream, Ammonia, Refrigerators, Golf Balls, Toothpaste, Gasoline, etc.

      As you can see the list is endless.


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