So much for transparency. Neither Exxon nor Public Interest Watch would share a podium with Greenpeace USA chief Troublemaker John Passacantando and the Wall Street Journal reporter who broke the story on the IRS auditing Greenpeace at the behest of PIW, an Exxon front group.
There’s a transcript here from Democracy now of the discussion.
Why is it scary is that Exxon isn’t accountable for any of this? Because fun fact number 123, kids: Exxon’s profits last year were bigger than the annual budgets of 123 countries. Countries are, in theory, accountable for their dirty tricks. Fat cat corporates like Exxon can simply buy the democratic process. They’re not even accountable in the marketplace. As Karmabanque points out, their retail sales form such a tiny fraction of their income that we the people can boycott them to our heart’s content, and it won’t really dent a toenail on the T-rex.
Exxonsecrets keeps track of who Exxon pays to deny climate change and global warming. Personally, I think there ought to be a “Corporate Crimes Court.” We can already count deaths attibutable to global warming, and that number is going to soar in coming years. There are individuals behind the policies Exxon, and they deserve to be behind bars just as much as any war criminal.