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In the early 1970s, ExxonMobil did some research. This research was about climate change, global warming and the causes of both. This research led to the discovery of the threat of climate change. Journalists had uncovered that ExxonMobil knew about climate change as early as 1977 ten years prior to it becoming a public issue, according to an investigation from inside climate news. Sadly this kind of lying is normal considering how frequently it occurs.

ExxonMobil is the fourth-largest oil company in the world, the fifth-largest corporation in the US and the 21st largest in the world. With a net worth of over $498 billion NZ dollars and a net income of 33.8 billion dollars last year, they are no laughing matter. They produce 3.923 million barrels of fuel every single day. That’s enough to fill 249 Olympic-sized swimming pools with some leftovers to shower in after. 

We all know that money is at the root of almost every decision ever made. That was definitely the case here. Exxon weighed up the pros and the cons and concluded that lining their pockets with even more cash would have to come before our planet and all the living things on it. Which is crazy. Some millionaire executives in a boardroom high in ExxonMobil’s headquarters decided they were so much more important than everyone else in the world that they would be the only ones who got to decide whether to clue us in on climate change.

If you take one look at Exxon Mobil’s website, the first thing you will see is information about climate change and sustainability. Exxon claims to be helping the planet. They have plans to be net-zero. Their entire website is a joke. Everything they do is devastating to the environment and then they have the cheek to go around patting themselves on the back for all the work they have done to reduce emissions and improve our climate. I call bullshit. I call bullshit. 

Earth is our home. There’s nowhere else we can go and no one we can turn to for help yet we continue to sit there complacent as Exxon, Chevron, Aramco, Shell, BP, Valero, Total, Marathon, Philips, PetroChina and so many more tear our planet to bits. This is a multi-trillion dollar industry that we all support. All the while they shrug it off and move on because it isn’t enough of a problem yet. 

There is absolutely no justification for supporting this. Yet our entire economy and society revolve around two things: money and oil. We all saw oil prices skyrocket less than a month ago and soon after, everything followed. This is a multi-trillion-dollar fuck-up and everyone’s looking the other way. 

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