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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Advance Notice - Expose Exxon Day

This is advance notice of a series of actions coming up in the New Year against one of the biggest climate change villains and funders of disinformation.


24 hours of protest at Exxon (Esso) HQ,

5.00 pm Thursday 5th April to 5.00 pm Good Friday, April 6th

Mass Action 2.00 pm Friday


Climate Victims' Vigil

Music, Street Theatre, Workshops, Speakers to be announced…..


Come and target the ultimate Global Warming Villain

April 5th is the day of the release of the "Climate Impacts"
section of the new IPRCC (UN panel of scientists' ) report.

ExxonMobil (trading under the name "Esso" in the UK) Headquarters is
South of London, about 20-30 minutes walk from Leatherhead Railway
station (trains from Waterloo). It is North of Leatherhead, just inside
the M25. For location see the map here

or for a more close-up map see here

More details as they become available :

Exxon is the ultimate Global Warming Villain……

Exxon is the world's largest oil company, making $ 1,000+ a
second, and the highest annual profits for a company ever, in 2005 ($36 billion)…….

Exxon has used its vast wealth to back the Bush administration in the
US. It has used the influence that that buys it to ensure that the
US continues to block progress towards an international emissions
reduction treaty – the only realistic way to bring down the global total
of greenhouse gas emissions and prevent the catastrophic destabilisation of global climate…………………….

Exxon funds a variety of right wing, neo-liberal, think tanks like the
"Competitive Enterprise Institute" which lobby against action to fight
climate change, and are influential in shaping Republican party policy………

Exxon is the company most closely associated with the climate and
energy policies of the Bush administration in the US, which are
identical to those recommended by Exxon……….

Exxon has run a cynical campaign of disinformation on climate change,
funding a professional "denial industry" that has – in all probability -
delayed effective global action on climate change by years……………….Some elements of that "industry" are identical to those previously funded by the Tobacco industry to undermine the science that proved the health damage done by smoking…..

Exxon has a deliberate policy to confuse the science of climate
change, exaggerate uncertainties and undermine the scientific consensus. It funds the tiny minority of oddball scientists who question global
warming so that they get hugely disproportionate media exposure and
appear to represent a substantial body of respectable scientific

Exxon was even condemned, in September 2006, by the Royal Society for funding bogus science……

Exxon asked the Whitehouse (in a letter published in the New York
Times) to remove Bob Watson (whose views they didn't like) from
chairmanship of the IPCC (the UN panel of climate scientists) and the
Whitehouse did just that…………….

Exxon recommended that Harlan Watson be appointed as the US chief
negotiator at the UN Climate Talks and the Whitehouse did just that.
Watson has been wrecking the negotiations ever since…………….

Exxon marginally softened its anti-environmental stance after the
retirement of Lee Raymond as CEO (now employed by Bush to produce a report giving advice on future energy policy!) but continues to fund
climate disinformation and remains the mainstay of the lobbying machine
against action on climate – not only in the USA but also Europe – see,
eg, this article from the Independent from December 2006 at It funds the "International Policy Network" to argue against action on climate in the
UK. See further on our website

US anti-Exxon coalition at detailed analysis at

As ever more people die in droughts, floods and hurricanes - and the
world hurtles ever faster towards climate catastrophe we cannot afford a company that acts the way that ExxonMobil does….

Please pass on information about these important events.

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