It should be obvious to one and all by this time that the current administration has as much credibility as Benedict Arnold – collusion is in the air and the meme of making America great appears to be little more than a cover story for slash and burn politics.
Close to two hundred of the world’s nations have signed on to the Paris environmental agreement, among them the United States who should be taking a leadership role and providing an example rather than teetering on the brink of abandoning it’s commitment.
Corporate influence, which is the guidepost for the Trump cabal and pulls the strings attached to conservative politicians have not only denied the very existence of climate change but insist efforts to address the effects are a waste of money and a “jobs” killer.
That translates to doing away with regulations that can hold them accountable as polluters and their insatiable desire to literally leave no stone, leaf, or blade of grass unturned in their wanton quest to “drill baby drill”.
The motivation for their willingness to commit what amounts to crimes against humanity is greed – like Johnny Rico in the movie Key Largo simply put they want more.
More money, more access, more influence, more of everything.
Nearly three decades later the effects of the Exxon Valdez spill of eleven million gallons of crude oil into the Prince William Sound of Alaska has yet to be remediated and should serve at the very least as a global miner’s canary.
In this country the issue of climate change cannot be left to the government, at least the current edition, it is a people’s issue.
A growing awareness of that obvious fact is taking root in multiple states, cities, and now among shareholders in rogue corporate entities like Exxon.
Should it raise eyebrows that one time CEO of Exxon Rex Tillerson nows holds a high cabinet post in the Trump administration – in all honesty what do you think?
Should “draining the swamp” lead to the appointment of multiple lobbyists being given “ethics waivers” and positions in government, or that of former CEO’s?
My personal belief is that since the only language corporations understand is revenue any person of conscience, any person who cares about the future of their children, of this country, and is an Exxon or affiliates card holder should cut that card up and send it back.
Seemingly a small gesture but if enough do so the impact will be felt just as the one generated by shareholders.
There is nothing smart about owning an Exxon “smart card” – not only is Exxon fully aware of that but relying upon it as well.