The “Fossilization” of Exxon-Mobil

Exxon%20Dinosaur.jpgIn the great scheme of things, the dinosaurs did not fair so well in the end. By most accounts, it was their inability to adapt to a rapid change in the earth’s climate. Looking out at the road ahead, it seems that there is a possibility that Homo-sapiens may share a similar demise (along with a great deal of other species). Unlike the dinosaurs, however, we sapiens will be in the particularly peculiar position of understanding that climate change is happening and that it is detrimental to life, comprehending that our actions are the cause and making a conscious choice not to change.
Now…Take a breath, engage that “advanced brain” that we uber-primates all share and think about that for a moment. It is not an easy thing to grasp….even for a species endowed with so much gray matter.
Now consider the outcome of the Exxon-Mobil annual shareholders meeting in Dallas. Defying fierce opposition amongst the ranks of its shareholders to take action on climate change, the company decided to stay the course, saying that action was “important but premature”.
Ironically, in reading the AP article, I actually took comfort in one particular phrase:
“Exxon Mobil is a petroleum and petrochemical company”
While other giants like BP and Shell see themselves as energy companies, Exxon-Mobil sees itself as a petrochemical company. The world demands energy, not petrochemicals.

As we reach the natural limits of our biosphere and it becomes more and more evident that the burning of fossil fuels is detrimental to living things on this planet, including those of the homo- sapien variety, companies that deliver energy without endangerment will ultimately thrive.
While Exxon-Mobil chalks up record profits in the short run by mining our children’s future for profit, companies that adapt to a clean energy future are likely to avoid the “premature fossilization” facing petrochemical companies.
****Joe Madden, DriveNeutral– Director of Business Development

3 responses

  1. There has never been any doubt in my mind that that earth will self destruct some day. Let’s say climate change is caused by over use of oil, gas and electricity (coal generated). One of the simplest things to do is to stop consuming, stop buying crap made in China, stop driving unless absolutely necessary, and consume only products produced within 100 km radius. Easy? nope, not at all but at least it’s a start. Problem is that “mankind” is so spoiled with gadgets and crap that they are not willing to give up, they just demand that the governments of the day find ways for us to keep our crap and still save the planet. How?

  2. First of all, it is Exxon-MOBIL not “mobile.” Their profits are a result our PURCHASES, which we make voluntarily. Want to reduce their profits? Reduce your energy consumption.

  3. No matter how much energy consumption you reduce individually, you wont accomplish anything. Nothing will be accomplished unless a majority of the population do anything.

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