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Making A Killing: Who Is Paying The Real Costs Of ExxonMobil’s Climate Deception?


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Making A Killing: Who Is Paying The Real Costs Of ExxonMobil’s Climate Deception?

Keely Boom

New York state attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman is investigating ExxonMobil to determine whether the corporation lied to the public about climate change, or to investors about the risks to the oil industry. A subpoena was issued last Wednesday, demanding extensive financial records, emails, and other documents.


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"A common misconception about climate change is that we are all responsible for the problem, and therefore no one is responsible. However, a scientific study revealed that two-thirds of the carbon dioxide emitted the Industrial Revolution can be traced back to just 90 oil, coal, and gas producers, dubbed the “Carbon Majors.” Exxon is the world’s second biggest polluter, according to the study, contributing 3.1% of the carbon dioxide that has accumulated in the atmosphere."

For years I have been pointing out how the "one size fits all/WE are all responsible" guilt trip is USED to protect the most empowered of interests.

Those who either are paid to posit establishment (pro-business) views or otherwise naturally accord with authoritarianism argue that by stating what is obvious--that our inputs, levels of influence, use of resources, and overall responsibility levels--are not all equal, is tantamount to saying that WE have no responsibility.

This type of either-or equation is itself based in fallacy.

Dr. Steven Greer has made it his lifework--via The Disclosure Project--to alert citizens to the FACT that free energy does exist; it would not burn or ruin our beloved Earth; and its use is being held back by criminal corps. like Exxon-Mobil.

Since this dual entity worked so diligently to keep the public in the dark about the item most apt to threaten their existences, it should be put on global house arrest. Using its culpability to force it to come clean, those forces that continue to thwart the use of greener energies would then be forced to also "stand down."

This material is paradigm-changing:


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Please remember that this climate science is not the slightest bit in question as
a gallon of gasoline is and has always been known to create 20 pounds of CO2 in
the atmosphere.. Lyndon Johnson was warned of the coming climate change back
in 1965. But instead of making this mandatory material for our education instead
of the whitewashed history that is required in our schools,,,, these facts have been
ignored by many who could have spoken out. Al Gore, bless his soul had the wherewithal
to step up and let us know. I think the oil companies should be boiled in there own
oil, but clearly, others could have at least educated the public sooner as it is now
perhaps too late.


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WE choose to burn petrol and oil. WE do not really need to burn as much as WE do. And many of WE refuse to do a damn thing about OUR use of resources, and many of WE refuse to vote for politicians willing to impose carbon taxes on OUR use of hydrocarbons.


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We are all doomed, and dammit, you are libel! See you in court , if I live that long.


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SR, thanks for heads up on Dr. Greer.


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Yell this from the highest mountain tops, from our town squares and from every house of government; governments, made up of human beings (as an aside, corporations are also made up prosecute let human beings) does not represent anywhere near the majority of its citizens. In fact Democrats, or Republicans have long since stopped being an arbiter for the good of society. When that occurs citizens have the duty and responsibility to over throw that government and replace it with a new one. But just like the father's and daughters who over threw King George all those years ago, it takes risk. Unlike those long ago years, we now have the guidance of our Declaration of Independence and the blue print known as our Constitution to help us. Do we care enough to assemble with our voices and or votes to make these revolutionary changes. Can we give up a culture of greed and do what all animals do, protect our future for our children?


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"Hat's Off" to Attorney General Schneiderman for 'calling-out' of
Exxon --- which is called-out as a 'Private Empire' in Steve Coll's
fabulously revealing book, "Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American
Power".While Coll calls Exxon a Private Empire, it's more than that.

It's one of the charter members of the much larger Disguised Global
Crony-Capitalist EMPIRE that has captured and now fully "Occupies" our former
country as its nominal global HQ, and Vichy facade of supposed "Democracy".

["America's Deadliest Export: Democracy" as William Blum's book
documents]

As I wrote at CD when this story first broke several weeks ago:

It's great news that Bernie is focusing on this ---- because if/WHEN he
really understands that EMPIRE is the underLYING factor behind Exxon and
the USG, maybe, just maybe, Sanders will 'come-out' publicly, loudly,
and forthright for a Second (and now non-violent) American Revolution
against this total EMPIRE --- and not just a limited "Political
Revolution" against what?

Exxon falls within the 'corporate-sector' of this highly-integrated, but well hidden cancerous, six-sectored; corporate, financial, militarist, media/propaganda,
extra-legal, and most dangerously dual-party Vichy-political facade of
both the neocon 'R' Vichy party and the smoother lying neoliberal=con
'D' Vichy party of faux-democracy called the U.S., which is actually
just a front for this first truly Disguised Global Crony-Capitalist
Empire.Exxon is clearly a major factor of this DGC-C Empire that
Professor Robinson's book exposes as a key conspirator of the total
'Private/Public Partnership' Empire of "Global Capitalism and the Crisis
of Humanity".

"The U.S. state is a key point of condensation for
pressures from dominant groups around the world to resolve problems of
global capitalism and to secure the legitimacy of the system overall. In
this regard, “U.S.” imperialism refers to the use by transnational
elites of the U.S. state APPARATUS to continue to attempt to expand,
defend, and stabilize the global capitalist system. We are witness less
to a “U.S.” imperialism per se than to a global capitalist imperialism.
We face an EMPIRE of global capital, headquartered, for evident
historical reasons, in Washington."

"Robinson 2014 "Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity".
Cambridge University Press.

Of course the revealing book, "The Wikileak Files: The World According to
U.S. Empire" (with introduction by Julian Assange) exposes the same
conclusion on the Public/Government 'face of Empire'."The US
Department of State is unique among the formal bureaucracies of the
United States. Other agencies aspire to administrate one function or
another, but the State Department represents, and even houses, all major
elements of US national power. It provides cover for the CIA, buildings
for the NSA mass-interception equipment, office space and
communications facilities for the FBI, the military, and other
government agencies, and staff to act as sales agents and political
advisors for the largest US corporations.As the diplomatic
APPARATUS of the United States, the State Department is directly
involved in putting a 'friendly face' on EMPIRE, concealing its
underlying mechanics.

Every year, more than $1 billion is budgeted for “public diplomacy,” a circumlocutory term for outward-facing PROPAGANDA.Public diplomacy explicitly aims to influence journalists and civil society, so that they serve as conduits for State Department messaging."
[Caps added for focus on the 'Private/Public nature of this integrated Global
Empire in using and abusing the "U.S. state apparatus" of both 'hard
and soft powers' for the benefit of the ruling-elite TCCs (Transnational
Capitalist Classes) and TNCs (Transnational Corporations).]

"It's not the economy, stupid"

"It's the EMPIRE, stupid"
--- because it is the exact same Empire which causes wars "abroad" and economic tyranny "at home" as Hannah Arendt warned about the Nazi Empire when she said,

"Empire abroad entails tyranny at home"

PS.
And as we should remember, the former EXXON CEO, Lee Raymond, who Dick
Cheney invited to his secret 2001 "Energy / War Planning Meetings" in
the White House and allowed him to say to the assembled senior Pentagon
execs and Generals that, "In the past we acquired oil through market
means, but in the future we will need to gain it through 'extra-market'
means", might also be something that DOJ should Supoena, if they want to
investigate the real Empire.

PS2. "over here we got out friends from oil, they don't give a shit about
how much wilderness they spoil, as long as we keep driving cars they'd
let the planet die --- Exxon, Mobil, the Saudis, and Kuwait, if we took
out the Middle East the atmosphere can wait"

PS3.
HOWEVER, the ability to rein in Exxon, all the other fossil fuel
corporations, the global weapon making corporations (merchants of
death), the big looting pricks on Wall Street, etc., etc., etc. will
not really be able to get in gear until a counter index to the GDP ---
in the form of a GDNEC (Gross Domestic Negative Externality Costs) Index
is developed by some of the honest economists --- as I asked Dean Baker
to do some years ago.

Then, and only then, will the figures tell the truth of how much of the faux-profits
of all these Hustling crooks is made purely (or predominantly) by burying and dumping 'others' the massive Negative Externality Cost expenses that they don't pay, in order to make their books look like they have made these faux-profits!

Today's 'gaming' of the crooked system of crony-capitalism is mostly a matter
of so-called 'innovation' being how to find new ways to dump NECs
without getting caught. Wall Street's so-called "innovative financial
engineering" was mainly coming up with the new schemes to bury enough
'debt bomb' NECs in the CDOs, CDSs, synthetic derivatives (and the
coming ETF "baskets of air") that provided new ways to hide the NECs.


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Yes, notwithstanding, the analogy with the First American Revolution against Empire (the wannabe British one) is very apt today, as what we desperately need today is a Second American Revolution against Empire again -- but this time non-violent against this newer Disguised Global Crony-Capitalist Empire hiding (like a cancer) within our burning kitchen of democracy, and an Empire which, like your other analogy to the non-representative parties, is entirely controlled by the Empire through both of its neocon 'R' Vichy party and its smoother lying neoliberal-con 'D' Vichy party.