This is the kind of thing that makes me shiver with absolute fury. Exxon (oft regarded as the most damaging, irresponsible, greedy, and dangerous corporation inflicted upon modern man) is being rewarded for their plundering with another quarter of record profits. The AP is reporting that Exxon has demolished its previous quarterly profits record of $11.68 billion (set three months ago), but hauling in $14.83 billion in the three months since its last record.
In celebration of this dark day in history, I thought I’d publish this video from Riki Ott, author of Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. The video features representatives from Exxon talking to the people of the community of Cordova, Alaska just days after the Exxon-Valdez oil spill. As Riki points out in her book, every promise you hear on this video being made to the devastated community members has been broken.
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David Asher is an organic farmer, goatherd, and farmstead cheesemaker, who lives on the gulf islands of British Columbia. A guerrilla cheesemaker, Asher explores traditionally cultured, noncorporate methods of cheesemaking. Though mostly self-t......