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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why did you pick ExxonMobil as the target of this campaign?
Q. What are you asking the company to do?

Q. Why and when did you launch this campaign?

Q. What kind of impact do you think we will have? Do you really expect ExxonMobil to change its policies on these issues?
Q. Is this a boycott?

Q. Aren't you really only hurting small businesses and franchisees?

Q. How long do you plan to run the campaign? Q: What else are you planning to do in the campaign?
Q. So, where should consumers buy their gas?

Q. ExxonMobil claims that it has done its part by reducing global warming emissions at its facilities. Hasn't the company done enough?

Q. Isn't ExxonMobil investing $100 million over 10 years for research at Stanford?

Q. Doesn't the Bush administration have the real power to cut global warming pollution? Why target ExxonMobil?

Q. Is ExxonMobil the only oil company that supports drilling in the Arctic Refuge?

Q. ExxonMobil has already paid billions of dollars to clean up Prince William Sound. Aren't the $4.5 billion in punitive damages awarded by the judge a little extreme?

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Q. Why did you pick ExxonMobil as the target of this campaign?

A. ExxonMobil is moving America backward on energy policy when we desperately need to move forward. ExxonMobil is the ONLY major oil company that denies the urgency of global warming and funds global warming skeptics that cloud the facts and create a debate where there isn’t one. ExxonMobil leads the charge against efforts to reduce global warming pollution worldwide. It is also the ONLY major oil company still a member of Arctic Power, the special interest group lobbying Congress to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - a move that would not result in lower gas prices or greater energy security. Despite ExxonMobil's record profits, it refuses to invest in renewable energy like its competitors. Plus, ExxonMobil is still appealing the $4.5 billion (plus interest) in punitive damages for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill awarded to fisherman, native Alaskans and others harmed by the spill.

Q. What are you asking the company to do?

A.The Exxpose Exxon campaign is calling on ExxonMobil to:

  • Stop opposing mandatory reductions of global warming pollution.
  • Stop funding front groups and think tanks that deny the urgency and science of global warming.
  • Invest in renewable energy to save consumers money at the pump and help secure our energy future.
  • Pull out of Arctic Power, the single-issue lobby group dedicated to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Pay all of the punitive damages awarded to fisherman, Alaskan natives, and others injured by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Q. Why and when did you launch this campaign?

A. We are at a crossroads on energy policy. Gasoline prices are at record highs, and America's global warming pollution is threatening to hit a point of no return. There is consensus among climate scientists worldwide that global warming is occurring and that human activity from the burning of oil, gas and coal is a major source of the problem. Yet, ExxonMobil continues to deny the problem and call for more research rather than action. Congress keeps passing energy bills that give handouts to Big Oil and do nothing to reduce our nation’s oil dependence or promote a national transition toward alternative energies. ExxonMobil is a chief architect of this failed energy strategy. We launched this campaign in July 2005 to expose ExxonMobil and pressure it to join the rest of society in creating a vibrant renewable energy sector that supports new jobs, public health, national security, and a livable future for all.

Q. What kind of impact do you think we will have? Do you really expect ExxonMobil to change its policies on these issues?

A. We are not asking ExxonMobil to do anything its competitors are not doing. We plan to educate and activate millions of Americans and expose ExxonMobil as the oil company outside the mainstream on some of the most important issues facing our nation. By doing so, ExxonMobil will face great pressure from the public, shareholders, policy makers, and its peers to change course. Moreover, the company will be forced to answer for its actions.

Q. Is this a boycott?

A. Yes. We are asking Americans to do three things: Speed past Exxon and Mobil gas stations; don't buy ExxonMobil stock or, if they have stock, use the shares to change the company from the inside; and don't work for ExxonMobil or, if already working there, call on the company to put its talent to better use. This campaign is much more than just a consumer boycott however, it’s about opening up the political and economic space for a new national dialogue on alternative energies. We are calling on the public to boycott the #1 company devoted to keeping us addicted to oil and convince politicians and the media to do the same.

Q. Aren't you really only hurting small businesses and franchisees?

A. Our target is ExxonMobil Corporation. Our efforts are not aimed at any one station specifically, but at the actions of the ExxonMobil’s corporate headquarters. As the world’s largest and most profitable private oil company, ExxonMobil has the power to direct the energy industry and policy makers toward securing a new energy future. If ExxonMobil is going to stop opposing measures to reverse global warming and help the transition to renewable energies, then we need all people to join in the struggle. We encourage franchisees to join us in our call for accountability and action from ExxonMobil. After all, it’s the corporate headquarters that are giving Exxon and Mobil gas stations a bad name.

Q. How long do you plan to run the campaign?

A. We have not set a deadline for this campaign. It is in ExxonMobil's hands.

Q. What else are you planning to do in the campaign?

A. The campaign is still in its early stage of activities. Obviously, we don't want to reveal all of the campaign's plans.

Q. So, where should consumers buy their gas?

A. People should avoid buying gas from Exxon and Mobil gas stations in the U.S. (and Esso and Mobil abroad). We do not recommend a replacement gas station, but we note that BP and Shell are investing millions in renewable energies and Citgo has made arrangements to offer reduced costs for those most in need in some cities.

Q. ExxonMobil claims that it has done its part by reducing global warming emissions at its facilities. Hasn't the company done enough?

A. It is estimated that ExxonMobil produces as much as five percent of the world’s global warming pollution from the use and production of its product. Yet, unlike other major oil companies, ExxonMobil refuses to set global warming pollution reduction targets even at its own facilities. Until just recently, ExxonMobil denied that the burning of fossil fuels even contributes to global warming. ExxonMobil is the leader against setting mandatory limits on global warming pollution and has worked closely with the White House to ensure the Bush administration continues supporting only voluntary limits of carbon pollution. The company has instituted energy efficiency measures at some of its plants, which is just good business sense since it can reduce corporate costs. Efficiency measures do not guarantee to reduction in net emissions since overall emissions will increase if the company’s volume of oil production increases.  According to ExxonMobil’s own shareholders, the company lags far behind the other leading oil giants in reducing even its own greenhouse gas emissions. In a May 2006 report on ExxonMobil, the shareholder group CERES writes, “The company’s long-term strategy is largely based on the assumption that oil demand will not decline through at least 2030. ExxonMobil is not preparing for the possibility that a different scenario may occur that involves more constrictive carbon constraints, less use of oil, and/or significantly greater use of clean energy technologies. ExxonMobil is betting on oil with shareholders’ money instead of preparing for an uncertain future, and as a consequence is lagging behind its competitors.”

 
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