Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Exxon tells its staff who to vote for


Following hot on the heels of yesterday's story about Exxon's obscene profits for the obscene amount of global pollution it is reponsible for, comes news from Greenpeace that the evil giant is telling its corporate serfs who to vote for. I like to think of myself as a nice person butI hope they all burn in hell. With global warming now increasing exponentially it looks like we all will.

Exxon is mailing its 34,000 employees with election materials and helpful voter guides which -- surprise! --give the Republican Party gold star ratings for spurning global warming regulation, supporting drilling for oil in the Arctic wildlife refuge, and letting oil refineries release more pollution by weakening the Clean Air Act.

Exxon is informing not only its employees but also retirees and contractors how they should vote in upcoming presidential and congressional races across the US.

"We obviously are promoting candidates who are pro-business and candidates who recognize the importance of a viable policy on energy," Ken Cohen, the vice president for public affairs and the chairman of ExxonMobil's PAC, said. "Republicans more often tend to line up on those issues than Democrats."

In 2000 Exxon gave 91 percent (US$1.37 million) of it political donations to the Republican Party. Exxon was more than amply repaid when President GW Bush promptly withdrew the US from the only global treaty to control global warming, the Kyoto Protocol.

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