ExxonMobil plays dirty to deny role in the climate crisis

January 19, 2022 by  
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ExxonMobil has turned to intimidation in attempts to stop its critics from taking legal action. The giant oil company is trying to use an unusual Texas law to target critics outside the state. Exxon has asked the Texas Supreme Court to allow it to use rule 202 to take on California municipal officials.   The move is in response to these California officials filing lawsuits against Exxon for its role in the climate crisis . Eight California cities and counties have accused the company of misrepresenting evidence to downplay the effects of climate change. The lawsuits claim Exxon even misrepresented evidence even from  its own scientists  about global warming. Related: New environmental racism scorecard calls out ExxonMobil The California lawsuits seek compensation from the company to address damages caused by wildfires , floods and other extreme weather events. Exxon claims that this infringes on its first amendment rights and that it will use rule 202 to demand justice from its accusers. “The potential defendants’ lawfare is aimed at chilling the speech of not just ExxonMobil, but of other prominent members of the Texas energy sector on issues of public debate, in this case, climate change,” the company claimed in its petition. Under rule 202, corporations are allowed to search for incriminating evidence, question individuals under oath and access documents. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has even written to the state’s all-Republican Supreme Court in support of Exxon’s request. Abbott accuses the California litigants of undermining the rights of Texan companies. “When out-of-state officials try to project their power across our border, as respondents have done by broadly targeting the speech of an industry crucial to Texas, they cannot use personal jurisdiction to scamper out of our courts and retreat across state lines,” Abbott wrote. Climate experts say that the move seeks to intimidate those who speak out against ExxonMobil and instill fear in anyone who wants to litigate against it. Via The Guardian Lead image via Mike Mozart

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Polar researchers discover enormous icefish nesting site

January 19, 2022 by  
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They have see-through skulls, transparent blood, and they built 60 million nests beneath the frigid waters of the Antarctic Sea. They’re Jonah’s icefish, and a polar  research  team has just discovered what might be their largest breeding colony in the world. Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute in  Germany  were cruising the Antarctic Sea last year on the RV Polarstern with a mission to study ocean currents. They were surveying the seabed below the ship, dragging a camera system the size of a car to transmit photos to the deck, when they discovered the nests.  Related: New study sheds light on Antarctic sea ice mystery “We just saw fish nest after  fish  nest for the whole four hours, and during that time we covered maybe six kilometers (3.7 miles) of the sea floor,” said Autun Purser, a postdoctoral researcher at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany, as reported by CNN. “I’d never seen anything like it in 15 years of being an ocean scientist. After that dive, we emailed the experts on shore who know about fish like this. They said, yep, this is pretty unique.” Purser is the lead author of a study on the icefish colony published last week in  Current Biology . Icefish adapted to water temperatures as low as 0 degrees Celsius by evolving an anti-freeze protein in their blood that prevents the growth of ice crystals. An average icefish nest contains about 1,500 to 2,000 eggs and is guarded by an adult icefish.  Scientists  suspect these guards are male, but they admit they still have a lot to learn about these unusual creatures. But just because the ginormous icefish colony surprised scientists, it doesn’t mean nobody knew it was there. Weddell  seals , chubby carnivores who can dive down to depths of 2,000 feet, gave the nesting area five stars on the marine mammal review site Kelp, as well as naming it the top attraction on FlipperAdvisor. Scientists’ satellite tracking data confirms that the icefish nesting site is a major draw for Weddell seals. Via HuffPost , CNN Images © Purser et al., doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.12.022.

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Amy Poehler, Ilana Glazer join letter calling for PR firm to drop fossil fuel clients

November 9, 2021 by  
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A group of over 100 creators, experts and educators have released a joint letter urging global PR firm Edelman to stop working with fossil fuel companies. The group includes leaders in the PR sector as well as other like-minded individuals. Among those who signed the letter include Ilana Glazer, Amy Poehler, Lindsey Peoples Wagner, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Sophia Bush, Maria Popova, Philippe Cousteau and Chani Nicholas. The letter was written in response to Edelman’s recent efforts to engage with the environmentalist community on behalf of its clients. As a leader in the PR field, Edelman is responsible for serious misinformation that has led the public to adopt harmful practices. Alongside other PR brands, Edelman has helped promote the use of plastics and fossil fuels. PR firms promote a positive image of fossil fuel companies, resulting in public misguidance.  Related: New environmental racism scorecard calls out ExxonMobil Earlier this year, Edelman’s secrete work with fossil fuel giant Exxon was  exposed  by  Clean Creatives . Clean Creatives is a group that organizes leading agencies and creatives to stop working with fossil fuel companies. Since November 2020, the group has gathered commitments from over 180 agencies and over 600 individuals. Deceptive marketing tricks used by companies such as Edelman help polluting corporations mislead the public. Although some citizens remain misguided about climate change, scientists globally agree that burning fossil fuels is to blame for the climate crisis. A  recent paper  published in Environmental Research Letters shows that 99% of scientists globally agree climate change is caused by human activities such as burning fossil fuels. “Edelman’s fancy ads are giving ExxonMobil social license to operate, and to thereby destroy our climate. With this campaign, culture makers are using their own social clout to say ‘not on my watch. #EdelmanDropExxon,’” said Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, one of the organizers of the letter. The group is now calling on other players in the industry to use their space wisely to try and change the situation. “The truth is, it’s time for all of us with platforms to start using our influence in ways which holds truth to power when discussing the climate crisis ,” said Aja Barber, another organizer of the letter. Some experts say that PR agencies should be held accountable for their roles in promoting fossil fuels. Their misleading advertisements have not only emboldened the public to use harmful products but have also slowed responses from the government . + Clean Creatives Lead image via Pixabay

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A bipartisan price on carbon? Here’s what to watch for

June 20, 2017 by  
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The recently formed Climate Leadership Council has signed big founding backers like General Motors, PepsiCo and ExxonMobile in its bid to advance a “carbon dividend” model.

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ExxonMobil wants a sanctions waiver for Russian oil project

April 20, 2017 by  
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The United States imposed sanctions on Russia back in 2014 after Moscow annexed Crimea. But it appears oil giant ExxonMobil would like an exception for their own profit. They’re seeking a sanctions waiver from the U.S. Treasury Department to pursue drilling in the Black Sea with Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft . It seems U.S. sanctions are just too inconvenient for ExxonMobil . Apparently they sent in their waiver application when Barack Obama was president, and did not drop it once Donald Trump entered office. The application didn’t come up during Senate hearings for former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson before he was confirmed as Secretary of State. Tillerson and other ExxonMobil officials then said they hadn’t lobbied against the sanctions on Russia. Related: Americans don’t trust climate change science because of fossil fuel industry’s disinformation Tillerson and the officials said ExxonMobil did receive a waiver to finish drilling an exploration well in Arctic waters near Russia. ExxonMobil officials also said they’d exhorted members of the Obama administration to align U.S. sanctions with European sanctions which allowed some flexibility for European companies to continue working on Russian projects. The Wall Street Journal first reported on ExxonMobil’s sanctions waiver request yesterday, and The New York Times confirmed the story with an oil industry official. An ExxonMobil spokesperson refused to comment to The New York Times on the waiver application. The application will go before the Trump administration at a tenuous time, as an inquiry into Russia’s potential influence on the American presidential election continues. At a 2014 Exxon annual meeting, Tillerson as CEO said, “We do not support sanctions, generally, because we don’t find them to be effective unless they are very well implemented comprehensively, and that’s a very hard thing to do.” But as Secretary of State he has not suggested sanctions be lifted. Rosneft and Exxon made a deal back in 2011 to invest $3.2 billion to explore the Black Sea and the Arctic Ocean, with the pledge to share in the findings if oil were discovered. Obama’s U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael A. McFaul, said on Twitter , “If the Trump administration approves this waiver, then all that tough talk last week about Russia was just that – talk.” Via The New York Times Images via Wikimedia Commons and President of Russia

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This amazing light-filled tiny house packs big style for just $35k

April 20, 2017 by  
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You don’t have to sacrifice style to live a minimal lifestyle. Case in point: this Tiny home may be ultra-compact at just 176-square-feet, but the interior is so sophisticated that its small size goes virtually unnoticed. The best part? It can be yours for just $35,000 This tiny home’s layout and design were optimized to create a comfortable living area. Space-saving features like hidden storage and custom cabinets keep the interior clutter-free. The large sliding glass door, along with plenty of windows, flood the interior with ample natural light . Related: Architecture graduate celebrates her first year living in a tiny home she built herself The compact home, which was designed and built by the owners, has almost everything found in a conventional home minus the extra space. A sleeping loft with enough room to accommodate a full size mattress is reached by a narrow staircase. The living area is spacious thanks to the high ceilings and minimal furniture. Even the kitchen’s small size is hardly noticeable thanks to custom-made cabinets and shelving. Via Tiny House Listings Photos via Tiny House Listings

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Exxon Blames 60-Year-Old Manufacturing Defect for 290,000 Gallon Arkansas Spill

July 15, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock After an investigation into the rupture of the Exxon Mobil Pegasus pipeline that caused around 290,000 gallons of oil to leak into the small Arkansas town of Mayflower in March, the oil giant has issued a statement that cites a decades-old manufacturing defect as the cause of the environmental disaster. While this suggests that it was not corrosion from Tar Sands oil that caused the rupture, it does raise concerns as to the integrity of the pipeline, which runs from Illinois to Texas. Read the rest of Exxon Blames 60-Year-Old Manufacturing Defect for 290,000 Gallon Arkansas Spill Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arkansas , arkansas oil , clean water act , environmental diaster , Exxon , exxon disaster , exxon mobil , exxon pipeline , mayflower , mayflower oil , oil , oil leak , oil pollution , oil spill , pegasus , pegasus pipeline , pipeline rupture , tar sands        

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Bazz the Beekeeper’s Dog Sniffs Out Bee Disease in an Adorable Custom Suit

July 15, 2013 by  
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A black labrador named Bazz has joined the global ranks of beekeepers who are fighting to save the world’s pollinators – and he even has an adorable custom suit to protect him on the job. Like Boneco the donkey in Brazil, Bazz does important but dangerous work: his owner, Josh Kennett from Australia, trained him to sniff out American foulbrood disease, an incurable disease that can decimate bee populations if it isn’t detected early. Read the rest of Bazz the Beekeeper’s Dog Sniffs Out Bee Disease in an Adorable Custom Suit Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , American foulbrood disease , Animals , Bazz the Beekeeper’s dog , beekeeper’s dog , beekeepers , bees , Environment , News , pollinators , sniffer dog detects bee disease        

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US Department of Justice and Arkansas Sue Exxon Over Mayflower Oil Spill

June 24, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock In March, Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured in the suburban town of Mayflower , Arkansas. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of bitumen from leaked into neighborhoods and waterways from a 22-foot gash, including the nearby Lake Conway. While Exxon promised that the heavy tar sands oil would not find its way into the lake, internal emails stated that the company lied about the extent of its pollution. In response, the Department of Justice and the state of Arkansas decided to  sue Exxon earlier this month demanding $1,100-$4,300 for each barrel that made its way into the environment as well as $45,000 a day for violating state pollution storage laws. Read the rest of US Department of Justice and Arkansas Sue Exxon Over Mayflower Oil Spill Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arkansas , bitumen , department of environmental quality , Department of Justice , exxonmobil , lake conway , mayflower , obama administration , pegasus pipeline , rupture , spill , tar sands , transcanada        

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Exxon Will Not Pay for Cleanup of 12,000 Barrels of Crude in Arkansas as Leak is Not “Oil”

April 4, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Due to a thirty-year-old law, Exxon will not be paying into the federal fund that will pay for the cleanup of 12,000 barrels of crude oil that leaked from its Pegasus Pipeline in Arkansas . The pipeline , which transports oil from the tar sands region of Canada, ruptured in Mayflower, Arkansas, where cleanup crews have been finding evidence of harm to local wildlife. The loophole that enables Exxon to avoid paying an eight cents per gallon tax into the cleanup fund? Technically the pipeline was not transporting—and did not leak—oil. Read the rest of Exxon Will Not Pay for Cleanup of 12,000 Barrels of Crude in Arkansas as Leak is Not “Oil” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alberta canada , arkansas oil , dilbit , diluted bitumen , environmental destruction , Exxon , exxon mobil , keystone xl , mayflower arkansas , oil spill clean up , oil spill leaks , Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund , oil spills , oil taxes , Oill Change INternational , pegasus pipeline , pipeline leaks , pipelines , tar sands

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