I initially gave Exxon/Mobil till 2020 to get out of Torrance and clean up their toxic mess here in my town. But now that I’ve found out they’re still lying and covering up their role in climate change and the size of their own carbon footprint, I’m going to have to get tougher with them. Some people just cannot be negotiated with and need a swift, hard kick in the ass. Sometimes they need several of them.
The global gangbangers from Exxon/Mobil are like that. They’ll forever claim to be reformed and rehabilitated but in the end they’ll always knife you in the back and sell crack to your kids. It’s just part of their DNA. They’ve been acting that way for generations.
That’s why I shouldn’t have been surprised when I read this today in the Guardian of England:
The world’s largest oil company is continuing to fund lobby groups that question the reality of global warming, despite a public pledge to cut support for such climate change denial, a new analysis shows.
Company records show that ExxonMobil handed over hundreds of thousands of pounds to such lobby groups in 2008. These include the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) in Dallas, Texas, which received $75,000 (£45,500), and the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC, which received $50,000.
According to Bob Ward, policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, at the London School of Economics, both the NCPA and the Heritage Foundation have published “misleading and inaccurate information about climate change.”
On its website, the NCPA says: “NCPA scholars believe that while the causes and consequences of the earth’s current warming trend is [sic] still unknown, the cost of actions to substantially reduce CO2 emissions would be quite high and result in economic decline, accelerated environmental destruction, and do little or nothing to prevent global warming regardless of its cause.”
The Heritage Foundation published a “web memo” in December that said: “Growing scientific evidence casts doubt on whether global warming constitutes a threat, including the fact that 2008 is about to go into the books as a cooler year than 2007”. Scientists, including those at the UK Met Office say that the apparent cooling is down to natural changes and does not alter the long-term warming trend.
In its 2008 corporate citizenship report, published last year, ExxonMobil said it would cut funds to several groups that “divert attention” from the need to find new sources of clean energy.
The NCPA and Heritage Foundation are included among groups funded by ExxonMobil, according to details of its “2008 Worldwide Contributions and Community Investments” published recently.
But of course I was surprised and it just goes to show you what a great capacity for amazement I still possess. It helps me from getting outrage fatigue…
So even though they had nothing to prove, Exxon/Mobil and by extension all the creeps who work for them here in Torrance, have proven that no matter what the reality and no matter what promises they make, they’re just irresponsible, greedy killers at the top of that company and they can’t ever be trusted to do anything but destroy us all for an extra dollar.
So now I’m only giving them till 2017 to get out of town. 3 years earlier than the deadline and three years sooner we’ll be well rid of them. I turn 60 in 2017 and this will be a present I’m getting myself.
And yes, I am quite certain that Mayor Scotto and all the members of the Torrance City Council agree with me on this. I know they share my deep understanding of the climate change reality along with Exxon/Mobil’s huge role in adding to the greenhouse gasses that will seal our fate if their emissions are not drastically reduced.
As responsible civic leaders they know they can no longer support having an Exxon/Mobil refinery in our town spewing its deadly pollution and climate changing greenhouse gasses, just as we can no longer tie our city’s economic tax base to such a carbon based albatross.
They know as I do that we should turn that 750 oily acre into a clean, renewable solar power generating station.
That’s why I’m so confident we can together give Exxon/Mobil the big mutal push they need to close down their death factory and get out of town.
It’s time Torrance started producing clean, green solar electricity for the electric cars we’ll all be driving in 2017 and stopped supporting a corporation that displays the ethics of a criminal mafia and a product that does more harm than good.
This is a great test of character and leadership for the Mayor and City Council. Now we’ll find out if they even know that school is in session.