Exxon / Mobil / Esso is largely responsible for the backwards policies our governments have on greenhouse gasses. They have bribed politicians across the globe to maintain profit margins while undermining our children's future.
On the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, caribou calves prance in the summer sunlight just as they have done for thousands of years. Meanwhile, in Washington, politicians dance around the issue of America's energy security as they have for what seems an eternity.
Last Thursday the House voted 225-201 to open the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling. This was actually the strongest pro-Refuge showing in recent years, but was little more than a political stunt to give the impression that Congress is actually "doing something" about rising energy costs. Of course we all know that oil, if found in the Arctic Refuge, would do next to nothing to reduce our costs at the pump but would irreparably scar the Refuge's spectacular coastal plain.
Have you visited the Coastal Plain lately? Click here.
What if, instead, all those who are upset with Exxon pulled into a station and bought only _one dollar's worth of gas_?
Think about it. This would create gas lines at every Exxon station, and even people who love the company, need to fill their tanks and _spend more money_ would say "Hell with this, I'm going over to (insert rival company's name here)"
This would be perfectly legal, affect sales far more than a boycott, and send a powerful message to management.
If you are interested in other strategies like this, get "Rules for Radicals" by Saul Alinsky, one of the best books any organizer can read. His work is also all over the web.
That's a pretty cool idea actually.I have boycotted Exxon since the oil spill in Alaska. I personally refuse to buy even a dollars worth there.But that's just me.
I still think the idea has merit.
Take Action by Exxposing Exxon!
ExxonMobil has been actively lobbying Congress to open our pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, sabotaging desperately-needed efforts to slow global warming, trying to avoid paying the money it still owes fishermen & other Alaskans hurt by the Exxon Valdez spill 16 years ago, and refusing to put its huge profits to good use developing clean, renewable energy or supporting fuel efficiency.
It's time for us to take matters into our own hands and Take Action by Exxposing Exxon!
10 ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE: http://www.exxposeexxon.com/action/
Spread the word to everyone you know!!!
I am taking a weekend trip to buy cigarettes duty free in Canada. I will gas up at exxon in the good ole USA, then esso in canada & top off at exxon when I get home. I forgot to mention that I drive an Escalade and get a whopping 16 miles to a gallon. An even better 13 in traffic running the air on high. I love suffocating libtards.
This website has been mentioned in various threads, but I think it's worth highlighting in this one too, as it's a fascinating look at the people, organizations and connections between them that are influenced by Exxon:
Works best if you use their flash application... takes a bit to figure it out, but once you get the hang of it you'll find all sorts of interesting (and scary) information.
A project of the Western Fuels Association founded to promote the idea that global warming is beneficial to the planet.
A 1988 report by the Clearinghouse on Environmental Advocacy and Research showed how "Greening Earth Society and Western Fuels are essentially the same organization." Both are located at the same office suite in Arlington, VA. They share the same leader, Fred Palmer, several WFA board members serve as the board for GES, and they have the same "manager of communications and governmental affairs," Ned Leonard. Leonard and Palmer are both registered lobbyists for Western Fuels Association. (http://www.clearproject.org/reports_westernfuels.html) GES regularly publishes articles by prominant global warming skeptics.
This petition is still current and needing more signatures....
ExxonMobil is the sole major oil company still pushing to drill in the Arctic Refuge, one of the most important onshore denning habitats for America's remaining polar bears. Tell ExxonMobil to leave polar bears and their wilderness home alone!
ExxonMobil raked in over $35 billion in profits in 2005, and another $8.4 billion in the first quarter of 2006. But where are Exxon's priorities?
- ExxonMobil has given its former CEO Lee Raymond a retirement package worth almost $400 million. Yet, it still refuses to pay punitive damages for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill that killed birds, fish, sea otters and other wildlife – some of which have yet to recover.
- ExxonMobil is the sole major oil company to remain in Arctic Power, the lobbying group whose only purpose is to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to toxic oil drilling. The Arctic Refuge is home to caribou, millions of migratory birds, and other wildlife. It is also one of the most important onshore denning habitats for America's remaining polar bears.
- In the past five years, ExxonMobil has spent nearly $37 million on lobbyists and millions more in campaign contributions to relentlessly push its anti-wildlife agenda and fight efforts to curb global warming – the same warming that's melting sea ice and leaving walrus calves and polar bears to starve and drown.
My essays on green taxes as a solution to global warming:
When this came up as an idea, it was brought to my attention that Exxon and Mobil and BP (you remember them, their aging pipelines, suffering from deliberately deferred maintainence, are breaking and polluting the environment) products are sold elsewhere, too.
Lots of auto supply stores and retailers like KMart, Walmart, Sears, Target, Sam's Club, BJ's Wholesale, etc., also sell products under the Exxon and Mobil and BP brands. Boycotting those products will help, too.
In addition, telling people shopping in those departments, and on line at the registers about what you are doing and why may work for some of you! Don't forget: Gas and oil prices haven't fallen much, and the gasoline costs that shippers pay are added onto what all of us pay for everything, including food.
Passing that info on to those who are shopping for the holidays may give some food for thought to lots of folks. Don't start riots (unless you have the media present!) or get hurt, but America did send a message in November. Reminders are a good idea, especially when one's pocketbook or wallet is affected.
Sorry, but here's some depressing news from today's DemocracyNow.Org Oil for Sale: Why the Iraq Study Group is Calling for the Privatization of Iraq's Oil Industry
Among its recommendations, the Iraq Study Group advised that Iraq privatize its oil industry and to open it up to international companies. Author and activist Antonia Juhasz writes "Put simply, the oil companies are trying to get what they were denied before the war or at anytime in modern Iraqi history: access to Iraq's oil under the ground."
I think boycotting ExxonMobil is a good idea, we all need to realize we need to use less oil by walking more, driving less, and/or taking public transportation. I think if we started using less gas as a whole, all the oil companies would have to revise their policies especially ExxonMobil. These oil companines would revise their energy policies quickly is a the public as a whole started using less gasoline. Personally, I don't drive or own a car. I relying on walking, biking, and public transportation to get around. If more people just started doing this more whether it's once a week or more, the oil companies as a whole would be hit in the pocket book. We also need to elect people into office who take global warming seriously too and get us a energy policy that is effective in ways that would get us off the oil dependence that we have with oil producing countries. So let us all do our part by using less oil until the energy policy catches up and the oil companies change their policies.
The problems of Global Warming need new and radical ideas. Boycotting an oil company is not going to make any lasting change in mans behavior towards burning fossil fuels.
You want to see change - how about this. Put a $1 (yes - one dollar) a gallon tax on gas in this country and see how much less people will drive their cars (this would be a good idea except for the fact that the politicians in Washington would end up putting that money in their pockets).
The only way to make positive lasting changes to our worlds environment - you MUST change the basic behavior of the 1 species that is responsible for destroying our worlds environment.
agree with marty
Conoco Philip is the only one addressing a carbon cap and has recently withdrawn a couple of gas products in the Midwest. USA.
What worries me in regards to boycotting Exxon and BP and others is what else do they own besides energy. If they diversified and kept companies they bought as separate entities how do we know they do or don't belong to Exxon or bp?
I been buying things that I thought were not related to one company or other only to find out that the company I was trying to boycott owns them. Example Kraft foods and the Tobacco giant. Buying Kraft foods till very recently had been supporting tobacco.
So how do we find out what else is owned by Exxon and said companies that are other name brands?
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