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West Michigan companies get contracts with global environmental criminal

January 24, 2013

MLive reported yesterday that two West Michigan companies have received contracts from a major project being undertaken by the largest oil company in the world, Exxon/Mobil.copy-greenpeace

Dooge Veneers Inc. and Herman Miller have both landed contracts with Exxon/Mobil, which is building a massive company campus near Houston, Texas.

The MLive story talks about the significance of these contracts, particularly with spokesperons from Dooge Veneers Inc, which is procuring wood from around the world to be used for walls in the new Exxon/Mobil campus.

The spokesperson for Dooge Veneers Inc. talks with enthusiasm about this new contract and Herman Miller’s CEO Brian Walker says this is “one of the largest contracts” the Zeeland company has ever had.

All of this seems pretty straight forward, with the local news media celebrating the financial gains that two West Michigan companies are making from this project. So what’s the problem?

The problem is that the corporation that the West Michigan companies have contracts with is quite possibly the single largest private contributor to climate change.

Exxon/Mobil is the largest global petroleum company that operates in over 100 countries, has a long history of colluding with dictators, destroying ecosystems around the world and spending millions to influence public policy.

Steve Coll’s book Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power is an excellent source that exposes the kind of power this global company has. We are all familiar with the environmental devastation from the Exxon Valdez oil disaster off the coast of Alaska, a disaster that the company tried to blame on the ship’s captain.sp07_exxon_header

However, the more egregious crimes committed by Exxon/Mobil is its contribution to global warming. The company is the largest extractor of oil and gas in the world, but in addition to their role in creating climate change, which impacts all life on this planet, the company has vigorously funded think tanks to deny climate change is even an issue.

Expose Exxon has documented the amount of money and institutions that the petroleum giant has contributed to in order to promote the idea that climate change is a hoax.

The level of violence done by Exxon/Mobil to human and non-human life is difficult to quantify, but it is one of the most dangerous corporations on the planet that makes billions while the world is on the brink of ecological catastrophe.

The question we should ask ourselves is, how is it that the major news media continues to treat one of the biggest environmental criminals on the planet as it was a good global citizen?

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