Exxon oil corporation angers Australian bushfire survivors

This 2 January 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Exxon‘s CLUELESS New Year’s Tweet

Get off social media, ExxonMobil. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

ExxonMobil sent out a heartwarming tweet yesterday, wishing the good people of Australia a “safe” and “fun” New Year. Well, maybe heartwarming isn’t the right word. Perhaps “idiotic” is more appropriate, given the fact that large parts of Australia are currently on fire thanks in part to ExxonMobil’s history of climate change denial.”

Read more here.

TOURISTS ORDERED TO LEAVE AUSTRALIAN COAST Tourists in Australia’s New South Wales are being ordered to evacuate the state’s South Coast region before this weekend as the country battles more than 200 wildfires that have killed at least 17 people. Heavy winds mixed with dry temperatures are expected to create an “extreme fire danger” for NSW’s South Coast by Saturday. Meanwhile, Exxon Mobil Australia faced international backlash for the tone-deaf tweet: “Stay safe and have fun this new year”, with people pointing out how the oil giant has contributed to the climate crisis exacerbating the deadly wildfires. [HuffPost]

Governments are paving the way for our extinction, campaigners say as Australia burns and Indonesia sinks: here.

Exxon knew about global warming, covered up

This 23 October 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

‘So they knew‘: Ocasio-Cortez questions Exxon scientist on climate crisis denial

House Democrats on Wednesday laid out evidence that the oil behemoth ExxonMobil had known since the 1970s about the potential for a climate crisis and intentionally sowed doubt about it. One of those testifying was Martin Hoffert, a scientist consultant for Exxon Research and Engineering in the 1980s. Responding to the New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Hoffert testified that in 1982, Exxon scientists predicted how carbon dioxide levels would rise and heat the planet as humans burned more fossil fuels.

Fossil fuel corporations’ climate change, parody song

This 19 February 2019 musical parody video from Britain is called REM (RepublicanExxonMobil) – It’s the End of the World for You Suckers

It is a parody of the R.E.M. song It’s the end of the world as we know it.

It says about itself:

The Republican Party have teamed up with ExxonMobil to form an R.E.M. tribute band in response to these outrageous and totally unfounded climate change protests.

LYRICS: Hey, wait! We didn’t cause that earthquake
Just ask the research group we paid
There’s no need to be afraid
Here comes a hurricane, not our fault either
We just serve the world’s needs, fuel and palm oil seeds
Speed everything up, speed is our strength
Denying this scientist hampering our profits
Corporate benefactors of contrary information
With a government for hire and extraction sites
Undermine consensus with dissenting propaganda
Posing as informed
Team of our executives as Trump’s inner circle
Look at that decoy – yuge wall!
Uh oh, overflow from Mexico, bringing drugs
And raping folks – save ourselves, serve ourselves
We just serve the world’s needs
While the liberals’ hearts bleed
Bringing on the rapture with our reverence to the right, right
Dousing the Kyoto Protocol in petrochemicals

It’s the end of the world for you suckers
It’s the end of the world for you suckers
It’s the end of the world for you suckers
And I feel rich

Six o’clock on FOX
Warning of a foreign power
Diverting the nation
From deforestation
Arming lobby groups against the US Congress
Motives to deregulate – we donate, they legislate
Gas emissions are efficient
Greenhouse deloused
Climate change denial
It is just a big pile of bile
From communists who are hostile
Governing the government
A covenant of lies
Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives
And I’ll decline

It’s the end of the world for you suckers
It’s the end of the world for you suckers
It’s the end of the world for you suckers
And I feel rich

OIL GIANTS INVEST $100 Billion IN FOSSIL FUELS The world’s five largest publicly traded oil companies are increasing their investments in oil and gas, plowing a combined $110 billion into new fossil-fuel production. They are projected to spend just $3.6 billion on low-carbon investments, such as biofuels and renewables. The United Nations just months ago warned that the world must rapidly phase out fossil fuel use over the next decade or face catastrophic global warming of at least 2.7 degrees. [HuffPost]

USA: Tidal floods driven by climate change may hurt small businesses. Researchers looked to parking data to assess downtown Annapolis, Md., business losses. By Sujata Gupta, 6:00am, February 19, 2019.

A scientist who raised early alarms about climate change and popularized the term “global warming” has died. Wallace Smith Broecker was 87.

Will Exxon climate denial scandal be investigated?

This 2015 video from the USA says about itself:

Exxon Researched Climate Change in 1977 | FRONTLINE

A short FRONTLINE film about Exxon‘s early research into climate change produced in collaboration with InsideClimate News.

By Ben Geman in the USA today:

Democrats urged to open Exxon probe

Ascendant House Democrats gearing up to aggressively probe the White House are facing pressure to pursue another target too: ExxonMobil.

Why it matters: Democrats are taking power for the first time since a wave of investigative reporting in 2015 about how much Exxon knew internally about global warming decades ago and its past funding of groups that publicly disputed the science.

Where it stands: The activist group 350.org is circulating a petition to lawmakers on their agenda — including a recommendation to investigate Exxon about the topic.

  • 350’s Jamie Henn tells Axios that investigating Exxon and other major oil companies should be a “top priority” for the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

What they’re saying: On Capitol Hill, nothing yet.

  • Spokespersons for top Democrats on the science panel and the Energy and Commerce Committee declined to say whether this will be part of their oversight.
  • So did a spokesperson for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is likely to become speaker again.

Quick take: I’d be somewhat surprised if Democrats launch a probe along these lines, given the long list of Trump administration investigations expected.

That list of the Democratic party includes blaming Russia for Trump’s election, investigating Trump for supposedly not being in line with the FBI, CIA, for Stormy Daniels, etc. Painfully missing are issues for attacking Trump from the left instead of from the right: his shredding of the nuclear missile treaty; his shredding of the Iran deal; his shredding of the Paris climate agreement; Trump’s biggest military budget of all time; his tax cuts for billionaires including himself; his attack on ‘Dreamer’ young immigrants; his re-starting of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline; etc.

Investigating Exxon might help to reveal Trump’s links to Big Oil. He appointed the Exxon Big Cheese as his Secretary of State. Unfortunately, if Ben Geman is right, then the Democratic party will not use their newly elected majority in the House of Representatives for investigating that.

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the attorney general of Massachusetts to obtain records from Exxon Mobil Corp. to probe whether the oil company for decades concealed its knowledge of the role fossil fuels play in climate change.

Did helping big banks pay off for the Democrats, who backed Trump’s deregulation bill? Absolutely not.

Over the coming weeks, high school students across Australia will join “walk-outs for climate action,” and rally in capital cities and regional centres alike. Thousands of students have shared and promoted the action across Facebook, reflecting a developing politicisation of young people: here.

Shell-Exxon earthquakes victims interviewed

This video from the Netherlands says about itself:

Protests against earthquakes of gas field in the Netherlandsdemonstration Groningen January 2018

24 January 2018

Second biggest gas field in the world is giving signs of code red or even worse: ‘CODE DEATH’

If the government in the Netherlands will keep on going like this they will destroy even more than “just” our houses. Many people have suffered and even died because of intense stress so far! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH Prime Minister Rutte, or anyone who supports his “leadership”. What if it was your house, city, country and what if the same power would destroy your life? Please share this video message, because if we pressure government(s) people will hopefully never see the brutal consequences (anymore)…

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

‘I have had enough moments that I thought: I cannot cope anymore. Now I will go to the NAM [joint venture of ExxonMobil and Shell oil corporations, which made billions from drilling gas while giving local people earthquakes] site and set it on fire.’

A father who lives with his family in the earthquake area

The gas extraction in Groningen and the resulting earthquakes lead to a lot of stress and health problems among residents. There is a lot of stress, leading to, eg, physical complaints and relationship problems.

A report by the University of Groningen makes painfully clear what damage to houses can do with the psyche of those affected. Some residents tell their stories extensively. Like a father who lives with his family in the local countryside. His home has been hit several times by earthquakes. The damage is big and the road to a solution is long and viscous.

It started for the man in September 2015, with the Hellum earthquake. He had damage to his garage, his façade and his pantry. An expert ruled that the damage had not been caused by the earthquakes. Later this was withdrawn when the man had proof that this was indeed the case.

All tiles off the walls

Meanwhile, the family was having the problem. In January 2016, that became even worse after a new earthquake. “Everything began to tremble, it cracked, it moved and down I heard a bang, and all tiles were broken off the walls.”

Again an expert came along and nothing was awarded. Not long after that, that was annulled, but it still caused stress. And it was not finished with that. There were reports, but the amounts that were mentioned were much too low. …

After long detours, the damage repair could start. Already at the beginning of the renovation it became clear that there was much more damage than could be seen at first. “We immediately reported this and an appointment was made with an expert.” The father urged the expert to quickly come up with a report. “But that did not happen, and the agreements were already in place.” The contractor was ready.”

My daughter said, “Dad, I do not want to be here anymore. I do not think the house is beautiful anymore’.
The father who lives with his family in the earthquake area

The house was a construction site. “No kitchen, no heating, in the middle of winter, with small children, the whole ceiling out, furniture gone, we’ve been sitting like this for six to eight weeks.”

In the end, the family decided to pay for the renovation out of their own pocket. “From December 2015 until a month ago I have only had stress, and as a victim you have to fight for every nail in the wall.”

The stress sometimes drove the father to the edge of the abyss. “I’ve had enough moments that I thought: I cannot cope anymore, so I’m going to the NAM site and I’ll set it on fire.”

It has not come this far, but there have been enough difficult moments. “In the days when the house was open to rain and wind, my daughter said, “Dad, I do not want to be here anymore, I do not think the house is beautiful anymore.” Then I broke down.”

Distressing cases

With this resident, the stress did not turn into physical complaints. But doctor Ryanne Addink sees it happen often enough. She works in Middelstum. “I see quite a few people with stress-related complaints.”

There are very poignant cases, she tells the NOS Radio 1 News. “Like an elderly couple whose home has been demolished, people who already had health problems and you see recovery after illness just takes much longer, they also have a lot of stress and sleepless nights, all because of the problems around their homes.”

In the report, a woman speaks who also experiences physical problems. “My resilience is gone.” She is not only sleeping badly. “I also have asthma and chronic arthrosis, and if I exert too much physical effort, I get pain, but I also react very strongly to stress.”

In addition, her relationship was also under pressure. “Because of the earthquake problem, problems arose between my husband and me. I could not get away from it and my husband had a hard time with that.” In the meantime things are getting better, partly because they go out a lot. “We try to have a nice day, but not at home.”

The woman feels unsafe in her own home. “In case of a heavy quake of four on the Richter scale, houses like this will be no longer standing.” The woman, together with her husband, does not have the possibility to leave the area. The value of their house has dropped considerably and it is still questionable whether it could be sold at all.

Shell, Exxon drilling kills people

This video says about itself:

Dutch earthquakes: Oil giants facing more legal action

14 July 2017

Oil giants facing more legal action

Oil giants Shell and Exxon Mobil are facing a new legal battle with residents of a province in the Netherlands.

Earthquakes, said to be caused by drilling for gas, have wrecked hundreds of homes.

The people of Groningen are demanding the government take more action to limit gas production.

Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen reports from Groningen.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

‘Stress in the Groningen earthquake area leads to more deaths’

Gas extraction in Groningen does not only lead to damage to homes, but residents with multiple damage also face health complaints more often due to stress. If there will be no solution, five to nine people per year may die from the consequences.

Researchers Tom Postmes and Katherine Stroebe of the University of Groningen come to this conclusion. They write that in their final report published today on two years of health research in the earthquake area.

Anxiety and depression disorders

More than 85,000 people have multiple damage to their homes due to earthquakes. Fewer than half of them feel safe at home. Some 10,000 residents have stress-related health problems. These complaints are in some cases so big that they develop anxiety or depression disorders.

“It is a broad picture of complaints”, says Postmes in the NOS Radio 1 News. “People have symptoms of anxiety and depression disorders and physical complaints such as headaches, insomnia, palpitations and stomach problems.” According to the researchers, the symptoms are associated with an increased risk of death as a result of cardiovascular disease or by suicide. …

Furthermore, it turns out that 27 percent of people who have already reported damage do not do that in case of later damages because of negative experiences with previous claims handling. …

Figures, in 21 municipalities in Groningen:

• 410,000 Groningen people live in the earthquake damage area

• 170,000 Groningen people (including children) have damage to their homes

• 85,000 people have health problems

• In the period August 2012-January 2018: six quakes with a magnitude of 2 to 2.5

• a quake with magnitude 2.5 to 3 and a quake higher than 3, namely 3.4 in Zeerijp January 2018

Dutch mass demonstration against Shell, Exxon

This Dutch video says about itself (translated):

On January 19, 2018, more than 10,000 people [12,000 according to the organisers] went to the Vismarkt in Groningen to demonstrate against the criminal practices of the Dutch government and of the meanwhile terrorist gas drilling organization NAM.

Dutch farm damaged by earthquakes as a consequence of gas extraction, ANP photo

This photo shows a Dutch farm in Groningen province, one of many buildings damaged by earthquakes as a consequence of natural gas extraction.

Shell and Exxon each own 50% of the shares in the NAM corporation which extracts gas in Groningen. These two big corporations sabotage paying compensation to the victims of the earthquakes.

On 8 January 2018, RTV Noord in Groningen province in the Netherlands reported about a big earthquake.

3,4 on the Richter scale. Zeerijp village in the north of the province was the epicenter; but it could also clearly be felt much further south, like in a hospital in Groningen city.

Many people want to protest against Shell, Exxon, and their accomplices in the Dutch government.

ExxonMobil’s regime change plan for Venezuela

This 5 July 2017 video says about itself:

The multinational oil corporation ExxonMobil has lobbied for the U.S government to intervene in Venezuela by indirectly providing financial support for the right-wing opposition.

That lobbying may very well be successful, as in the United States Donald Trump administration the Secretary of State is Rex Tillerson, ex-CEO of ExxonMobil.

US President Donald Trump called for “strong and swift economic actions” against the Venezuelan government on Monday, raising the implicit threat of sanctions against that country’s oil industry, which would have a devastating effect on the country’s economy: here.

The Guardian’s propaganda on Venezuela: all you need to know. 25 Jul 2017: here.

Nigerian oil workers on strike

This video from the USA says about itself:

ExxonMobil‘s Dirty Secrets From Indonesia to Nigeria to D.C.: Steve Coll on “Private Empire”

7 May 2012

We continue our conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Steve Coll, author of the exhaustive book, “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power“. He examines the controversial role ExxonMobil has played in Afghanistan and Indonesia, where it operated lucrative gas fields amidst a bloody war for independence. Coll also discusses the corporate giant’s involvement in the controversial natural gas drilling process known as “fracking“, and the role of its lobbyists could play in the upcoming U.S. election.

From the World Socialist Web Site today:

Nigerian oil workers strike Exxon Mobil

Strikers at Exxon Mobil Nigeria extended their strike on Monday with three days of strike action involving the Petroleum and Natural Gas Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) national membership. The strike against mass sackings has also spread to Chevron, Shell and Eni.

One hundred and fifty workers have been sacked, over half of them PENGASSAN members, at Exxon Mobil. Strikes by Exxon workers in Nigeria at the end of 2016 impacted output, leading to weeks-long loading delays.

Exxon-Trump Tillerson wants NATO countries’ taxpayers’ money for oil wars

This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Wants Exxon‘s CEO As Secretary Of State

12 December 2016

Donald Trump is expected to nominate ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state, two sources close to the transition process told NBC News on Saturday

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

US: Tillerson tells Nato to boost military spending

Saturday 1st April 2017

NATO countries were told yesterday by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to increase military spending.

Mr Tillerson told his assembled Nato counterparts in Brussels that the US was responsible for a “disproportionate share” of the burden of the imperialist alliance.

In 2014 Nato leaders pledged to increase their spending to 2 per cent of GDP. So far only Britain, Estonia, Greece and Poland are splashing that much cash on their militaries.

But the US spends about 3.6 per cent of its economic output on its war machine — for a total budget bigger than all the other Nato countries combined.

Tillerson’s demands for more money for arms, while blunt, follow previous Nato agreements for more military spending as it becomes increasingly aggressive towards Russia in eastern Europe.

Nato countries have deployed thousands of troops along with tanks and fighter jets to the Baltic states bordering Russia, as well as Poland, Romania and Bulgaria.

Exxon Mobil was fined $21 million for violating the Clean Air Act 16,386 times.

ExxonMobil Talks a Good Game, but It’s Still Funding Climate Science Deniers. Saturday, July 08, 2017. By Elliott Negin, AlterNet.

Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan presented a new defence policy Wednesday that calls for $62 billion in additional military spending over the next two decades. Coming just a day after Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland declared that Canada must use “hard power,” the massive rearmament program makes clear that the Liberal government is determined to wage war in pursuit of Canadian imperialism’s global interests and ambitions: here.

US OIL giant ExxonMobil said on Sunday it was pushing for more offshore exploration rights in Guyana’s west — a region disputed by neighbouring Venezuela: here.