It's Time To Execute Exxon

Exxon Mobil lied to the public for decades about the threat of climate change.

Should we give it the corporate death penalty?

A new study out of Harvard has confirmed that fossil fuel giant Exxon Mobil intentionally misled the public for decades about global warming.

The study looked at Exxon's internal communications and public statements between 1977 and 2014 - and found a stark difference between the two.

"For example, accounting for expressions of reasonable doubt, 83% of peer-reviewed papers and 80% of internal documents acknowledge that climate change is real and human-caused, yet only 12% of advertorials do so, with 81% instead expressing doubt."

Shouldn't we bring back the corporate death penalty for companies like Exxon?

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Robertcd 12 weeks 3 days ago
#1

Probably because if we had acted back in the 70s though would have been hard. We might have had a chance to turn things around. Pretty much too late now.

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TarryFaster 12 weeks 3 days ago
#2

If you care to take the time to notice on my webiste, I begin by addressing our world's long running problems with out of control corporations -- including quotes from one of Thom's books.

weoccupythe.us

Scotty11 12 weeks 3 days ago
#3

How do you 'execute' a corporation? break it up similar to 'ma bell'?

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Ocean Pete 12 weeks 3 days ago
#4

After all Thom, they are just "people".

This was a very deliberate action to preserve their own profits with nothing but greed as motive. We all know this, but most of us never had the means, i.e. $$$, to implement our wants such as health care for all, free universities etc....

Cheers fellow live aboard, hit them hard and fight fire with fire!

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Kend 12 weeks 3 days ago
#5

Al Gore said the oceans where going to rise and they didn't should we execute him to. I don't believe anyone anymore. They will say and do anything for money.

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ErinRose 12 weeks 3 days ago
#6

Once upon a time, it was required, by law, that each and every corporation, once it had been in existence for forty years, had to be completely dismantled and sold off, right down to the last thumb tack and paper clip. This was to keep them from acquiring so much money that they could buy off our government and gain enough power to supercede our government (sound familiar?) But then the Shadow Government, the industrialists with all that money began to get the laws changed and eventually they had the 40 year law removed so that they could reign supreme. Well, we see where that has taken us. But, as I keep saying, as long as the American public keeps ignoring all of this, as long as We, the People, keep induging these gangsters, things are only going to get worse. I just finished reading an article about how Canadians pay only a little more in taxes than we do but they get so much more in return. The Right has trained up so many Americans to believe that taxes are the problem when the truth is that it's not the taxes per se, but rather the fact that Americans get so little value for their tax dollars thanks to the "doing business" mentality of the Neo LibCons that we keep putting into office. It is our apathy, and our gullibility that has created this problem, and no matter how bad things have gotten, Americans keep staying the course, like it was some Holy mission they were on, "Satan is testing you," "This is a test by God to see if you will remain loyal to him," "God loves the ones who sacrifice for Him," and all that religious rot! When you couple this with the fact that the MSM is nothing but a propaganda machine that tells us anything BUT the truth, and the Democratic Party is wholly committed to keeping the money flowing in their direction that there is NO HOPE WHATSOEVER of them turning that Party around, this country is rapidly sinking into the quicksand of the New World Order with our help and consent.

Scotty11 12 weeks 3 days ago
#7

Kend; I disagree; I believe Gore got it in one...I wonder where we'd be today if the Supreme Court and Governor Bush (Florida), hadn't got in the way of Bush vs. Gore.

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humanitys team 12 weeks 3 days ago
#8

In the near future a corporation will not be able to exist if it damages the speciessystem which allows us to live and thrive. Short term gain will be replaced by long term survival of the species . Rverence for life and each other will replace the need for corporations to make a profit at the expense of the future of life on Earth.

71 % of all global emissions are responsible by 100 companies. As humans move to a universal conciousness these problems caused by greed and individualistic thinking will simply vanish.

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Kend 12 weeks 2 days ago
#9

Scotty if Gore was elected I know where you would be, 50 trillion in debt and even more jobs would have left to countries with no environmental rules like China and India.

Humanity the only way to reduce emissions is to stop using them. Government regulations just force the company to move out of the country so it doesn't reduce world wide emissions at all

Legend 12 weeks 2 days ago
#10

Kend, Your crystal ball seems to be alot better that everyone elses. Do you have fact or reference? Or do you just constantly post rubbish.

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deepspace 12 weeks 2 days ago
#11

humanity's team:
From your lips to God's ears. Immediately, the scales must fall from human eyes to avoid societal collapse and ecological disaster.

Kend: Quit watching Fux News! Right-wing corporate media is what you can't believe. The truth is out there, Scully.

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Trump's Ex-clas... 12 weeks 2 days ago
#12

There is only ONE way to stop Republicans and Trump. It's VOTE WITH YOUR WALLET. The problem is there are so many bad corporations to stop dealing with, its hard to focus.

I suggest we agree to choose ONE easy to identify corp. with tentacles in every city in America, set a date and totally stop spending with it. Even if its not the target of a particular issue we need to select ONE corp. and hammer it until we END IT or get them to notice. When they ask why this is happening, we say ask the GOP to stop the election fraud, get open source machines for ALL elections. Maybe we can get them to do lifting for us. We make demands.

But if we cant affect the bottom line of ONE unneccessary corporation, and/or if we cant cut out McD's to save our country, we cant expect to win.

We could VOTE THEM ALL OUT, but they know that, and will gerrymander and fix machines. That is the main demand if you ask me - fair open-sourced verifiable elections.

I always suggest McDonald's - mainly becasue everyone can live without McDonalds. Yes, boycott McDonalds to end voter suppression. It makes no sense but that is its genius, It will work, if we can bring them under. And when that happens, we have created and empowered a new political party - which IS what we really need . Its called the CONSUMERS UNITED PARTY - the CUP. We cant expect the two party system to work for us. It,s so dysfunctional.

That's my idea. I went to Penn with Trump. I dream back to the future like scenarios. He was like this back then. No growth. We need to stop spending folks. We cant stop spending everywhere. So choose one, bring it down. If that does not work, we start on another. They will listen, becasue this is ALL ABOUT MONEY and GREED anyway.

My Blog on this - https://englishcode.wordpress.com/?s=consumer

Solidarity!

Legend 12 weeks 2 days ago
#13

Boycott Walmart. Anything the Kochs have (Georgia Pacific Brawney Towells etc. ). Burger King for moving its offices out of the USA but main market is the USA. McDonalds for poisoning America. Small start.

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Kend 12 weeks 2 days ago
#14

Legend. My crystal ball worked great about 8.5 years ago when I said Obama will accomplish nothing but put America trillions more in debt. It worked great years ago when I said Al Gore was wrong Oceans would not rise. It worked great when I said Obamacare would fail and it is. All predicted right here. Oh I was also right when I said the the whole Russia thing was fake, the left wing media was chasing ghosts. Isn't it amazing how one stupid comment like "both sides" made the whole Russia thing go away. I don't just watch Fox I watch them all.

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deepspace 12 weeks 2 days ago
#15

Boycott all corporate-controlled media. People can certainly go about their lives without consuming a constant diet of lies and half-truths.

Legend 12 weeks 2 days ago
#16

Kend, Do they not teach you what reference to facts are in Canada? You can post all day long about what you claim you did right. What did you do that was wrong? You are typical right winger, mindless, baseless garbage.

Have you been to Miami in the last few years?

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1348&bih=609&...

Legend 12 weeks 2 days ago
#17

I have repeated this at least 100 times on this site: The mainstream media is owned and operated by the 1%. You hear what they want you to hear. You do not hear what they do not want you to hear. The 1% is organized. Many meet every year. They have each others contact info. Do not depend on the mainstream media and certainly do not listen to obvious liars such as Fox News.

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Radical 12 weeks 2 days ago
#18

I want to thank ErinRose for tj=he great comment I couldn't have said it better myself.

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ckrob 12 weeks 11 hours ago
#19

Off topic:

Ever notice that the Constitution's first concept "We the People" is the foundation on which a government is based composed of no 'leaders' but rather a coterie serving, presumably, to the extent that they serve the 'common good.' Usurpation of government function by the oligarchs has reoccurred in all but electoral function, which tattered though it may be, is now the last hope of "We the People." A 90% turnout of an informed electorate could, in a decade, reverse the damage caused by the Supreme Court (Article lll, Section 2) and replicate such reforms as were effective during the FDR administrations.

We must not look to a leader but rather to ourselves as the defenders of the Constitution and our nation. We would do well to remember Franklin's admonishment.

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