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ExxonMobile | The Long Term Consequences of Short Term Greed

Washington (GGM) Analysis | October 30, 2019
NoreenByLine-a by Noreen Wise

The New York state fraud trial against ExxonMobile of Irving, TX,
kicked off on October 22, 2019 and a week later is still underway. The issues are now so heated, they’ve become as toxic as Exxon itself.

Texas is responsible for 12.7% of US carbon emissions, yet is 1 of 50 states. This ST-SAGA-CovFrnt-72-300staggering percent alone indicates the significant increase in US and world carbon emission levels that oil production generates. It’s unimaginable that such a massive and profitable public company like ExxonMobile, can receive all the benefits and yet not be required to bare the burden of the negatives, meanwhile millions of innocent victims can lose their homes, all their personal possessions as well as their livelihoods, and potentially their lives, without any redress… until now.

Texas’ per capita carbon emissions is 24 metric tons, while California is only 9 metric tons, and NY of all states has the lowest per capita carbon emissions reading of a mere 8 metric tons, one third that of Texas. The District of Columbia is the lowest overall at 4 metric tons, but is not considered one of the 50 states. Coal state West Virginia, with the highest per capita carbon emissions of states whose population is more than one million, has a per capita carbon emissions reading of mind-numbing 52 metric tons.

  • TX – 28 million people, 12.7% of US carbon emissions
  • CA – 39 million, 7% US carbon emissions
  • FL – 21 million, 4.5% US carbon emissions
  • PA – 13 million, 4.2% US carbon emissions
  • NY – 20 million, 3.2% US carbon emissions

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Louisiana is another huge oil producing state, and is on the heels of West Virginia’s per capita carbon emissions, with a per capita reading of 45. There are two interesting outliers that haven’t been factored in, North Dakota and Wyoming, with 2019 populations so tiny —  757,952 and 585,501 — that their per capita carbon emissions appears criminal: North Dakota at 72 metric tons and Wyoming at 104. These two states seem to emphasize the significant impact cattle production has on global warming. For example, the state of North Dakota has 1.8 million cattle for it’s population of 585,501.

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If these state carbon emission readings are readily available through wikipedia, and the ability to draw connections between oil production, carbon emission levels, and global warming is so blatant and clear, how is it possible for the corporate executives to turn a blind eye to the global impact? Do the majority of us do that in our own lives and/or professions? It doesn’t appear that we do. Take parenting toddlers for example.

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Parents baby proof homes to keep their children safe. Gates go up. Special locks are attached to doors and drawers. Children are strapped into every kind of seat imaginable. Warnings are placed on every product catering to children. All of these precautions are soon ingrained in us. We’re able to assess our homes, connect dots, and buy products that meet the needs of ensuring safety. With this standard in mind, it thus makes Exxon’s willful disregard for doing the same type of assessment, and creating an action plan to address the dangers, that much more maddening.

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According to Courthouse News Service, in Manhattan court today, Rex Tillerson testified that he “lobbied the previous administration for a carbon tax and pushed for the landmark Paris Climate Accords.” The fact that his lobbying efforts didn’t work, or that Trump pulled the US out of the Paris Agreement, appears to make Tillerson believe that he therefore did everything he could and isn’t responsible for any damage that Texas’ 12.7% carbon emission reading has on the world.

Interestingly, there are 22 states that chose to stay in the Paris Agreement, despite Trump pulling the US out. Texas wasn’t one of them. But 22 is nearly half the US states, three of which are red states. So it’s unclear why Tillerson would try and use Trump’s leaving the Paris Agreement as an excuse for doing nothing, when so many others in the same situation, rallied to protect their states and citizens and moved forward with creating and executing climate action agendas to meet the target goals outlined in the Paris Agreement, regardless of whether the US was in or not.

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Not only is Tillerson’s Paris Agreement excuse a non-starter, which serves to further validate the NY Attorney General’s claim of investor fraud, and underscore the willful disconnect between Exxon’s CEO and the reality of climate change, but when the extra level of sociopathic behavior of “lobbying for a carbon tax” is added in, which was followed by doing nothing when the carbon tax didn’t pass in Congress, the excuse becomes so lame it seems fraudulent for Tillerson to even mention it during his testimony today.

If a CEO truly does passionately believe in a carbon tax — because he understands that global warming and destructive climate events harm millions and millions, possibly billions of innocent victims — wouldn’t he have nobly used this would be carbon tax money to assist victims of traumatic climate events?

Exxon gave $500,000 during the 2017 Hurricane Harvey aftermath in Houston, and according to Google, nothing since to any other climate victims following catastrophic weather events. The microscopic Harvey amount is unfathomably pathetic when a company earned $19.7 billion that same year, compared to $7.8 billion the preceding year. The stunning increase in Exxon’s 2017 earnings during Tillerson’s first year as Secretary of State (should that be investigated?), with only a few tiny pennies to help with Harvey destruction? No, sorry, Mr. Tillerson. Your testimony today underscores your apathy and indifference to the global community that you’ve shattered.

The facts are plain as day. True leaders with a conscience know how to proceed and navigate a responsible path forward to protect the innocent in this type of quagmire (a quagmire that Exxon seemed to intentionally create so it wouldn’t be forced to act), but you, Sir, took advantage of the foggy conditions, and used it as an opportunity to maximize your profits and net worth. May justice be served. Hundreds of thousands have already died, millions of lives have been ruined. Short term greed has resulted in long term catastrophic global ruin. There’s hell to pay.

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Will Climate Action 100+ Unseat Mitch McConnell in 2020?

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report |Analysis | June 4, 2019)
NoreenByLine by Noreen Wise

Who is Climate Action 100+? A very powerful, strategic force to be reckoned with, that’s for sure. One that has the potential to derail Mitch McConnell from American politics for the remainder of his days on earth… after all, McConnell is the single most culpable American connected to the US’s massive contribution to global warming during the past 35 years.

In 1984, when McConnell began his career as a US Senator, carbon part per million was approximately 345 PPM. Scientists were alarmed. Carbon was on the rise and had to be quickly contained. Previously, it had hovered below 310 PPM for thousands of years. But McConnell, from the coal producing state of Kentucky, was determined to block all legislation that would impact coal production levels.

From 1985 to the present, there have been dozens of international conventions with representatives from the majority of countries in the world gathering to brainstorm collectively and address the rise in carbon levels and ways to curb it. At the conclusion of each meeting, agreements were reached. In America, groups of concerned legislators have tried to pass bills that align with these numerous  international agreements. But, McConnell has done everything in his power to block each bill. In fact, it was Mitch McConnell who convinced Trump to pull out of the Paris Agreement.

Under Mitch McConnell and the GOP’s indifference, carbon has seen a staggering jump from 345 PPM in 1985 to the newly released 415 PPM in 2019. Hundreds of thousands of innocent victims across the globe have perished as a result.

Climate Action 100+ is a group of more than 320 global investors who have formed a coalition to collectively govern an excess of $33 trillion in assets for the purpose of:

  • improving management
  • cutting carbon
  • strengthening corporate financial disclosure about climate

The group is lead by a Steering Committee that has ten members. The additional member roles and functions are broken into five Engagement Working Groups, one group for each of the five main participating continents.

  • Asia
  • Australasia
  • Europe
  • Multi-region
  • North America

The North America Engagement Working Group is overseen by Ceres, who’s motto, “Sustainability is the bottom line,” sums up their mission.

Through superior organization, significant assets, and a life-and-property-threatening purpose, does anyone doubt that Climate Action 100+ won’t be able to leap tall buildings and move a few mountains… coal mountains to be specific. Good luck! We’ll be keeping a watch on the progress.

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House Passes Climate Action Now Act | HR9

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Opinion | May 4, 2019) –  The Climate Action Now Act (HR9) was passed by the House on Thursday May 2, 2019. Very encouraging event in the midst of a tumultuous week of shock and disappointment related to the William Barr Hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

This is the first climate crisis legislation to pass the Congress “in nearly ten years,” according to Bill sponsor Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL). HR9 will keep the US commitment outlined in the Paris Agreement, to reduce carbon emissions in the United State by 26-28% by 2025. HR9 prevents the Trump Administration from leaving the Paris Agreement. There’s a bipartisan group of 23 governors, nearly 300 cities, and 2,000 businesses who have all pledged a commitment to stay in the Paris Agreement. The US House of Representatives has now been added to this list.

HR9: To direct the President to develop a plan for the United States to meet its nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement, and for other purposes.

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HR9 gives the President 120 days to submit the United States Climate Action plan to assigned congressional committees as well as to the American people.

  • House Committees: Foreign Affairs and Energy and Commerce
  • Senate Committees: Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works, and Energy and Natural Resources

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Despite the Trump Administration announcing it was pulling out of the Paris Agreement on June 1, 2017, the United States went of to reduce carbon emissions by 42 million tons in 2017 the largest reduction by any one country on the globe. Our massive landmass and population can successfully tip the carbon scale. If we can stay committed on a daily basis to do everything in our power to cut carbon – all those very small everyday choices: recycle, reusable bags for all shopping not just grocery shopping, LED lights, tighten faucets after using so no dripping, plant a tree with family and friends once a month, walk more drive less, solar energy – it will become so engrained in our way of life, it won’t feel like extra effort.

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We can do this! Let’s go for a carbon reduction goal of 100 million tons in 2019. Next step for HR9 to become law, is passing the Senate.

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Climate Action Now Act | House Vote Next Week

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Perspective | April 25, 2019)
NoreenByLine by Noreen Wise

Spring is here in full bloom. Our landscapes are awash in an array of greens, as if to remind us of how vitally important it is to be aware that green matters. Daily good green habits will preserve our children’s environment, health and well-being. It’s the equivalent of how conscientious we are when we decide to eat healthy. Constant daily focus. Dozens of small decisions and choices around the clock.

Next week, is a very big week on the Hill. Not only will Attorney General Bill Barr be answering tough questions posed by the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on May 1 and 2, but the House will take a full vote on the Climate Action Now Act – HR9.

HR9: To direct the President to develop a plan for the United States to meet its nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement, and for other purposes.

HR9 will give the President 120 days to submit the United States Climate Action plan to assigned congressional committees as well as to the American people.

  • House Committees: Foreign Affairs and Energy and Commerce
  • Senate Committees: Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works, and Energy and Natural Resources

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The Climate Action Now Act requires that the President’s strategy explain:

  •  How the United States will accomplish it’s contribution to the global target of an economy-wide lowering of greenhouse gas emissions by 26 – 28% by 2025; the targeted percent is the reduction below the 2005 level
  • How the United States will make use of the transparency provisions contained within the Paris Agreement to confirm that other parties have achieved their contribution
  • Every year the President will be required to update the United States Climate Action plan and submit to the aforementioned committees and the American people

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We’re all in this together. The Paris Agreement was adopted on December 12, 2015 and signed by 175 nations across the globe.

We can do thisTELL CONGRESS to vote YES to HR9. Global Warming and Climate Change is apolitical. It’s our common ground. HR9 is the one bill that should get a unanimous YES vote on both sides of the aisle.

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McConnell Most Responsible for Climate Change

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell was first elected to the United States Senate in 1984. After serving five terms, he was re-elected to a sixth in 2014. He steadily rose the ranks to various leadership positions:

  • National Republican Senatorial Committee | 1998 – 2000
  • Majority Whip | 2003 – 2005, 108th Congress
  • Minority Leader | 2006 – 2014
  • Majority Leader | 2014 – present

The global temperature in 1984, when McConnell was first elected, was 14.10 Celsius / 57.38 Fahrenheit. During the thirty-four years since then, the global temperature has risen to approximately 14.8 Celsius / 58.64 Fahrenheit, more than half of one full degree. Numerous urgent international global warming warnings have spanned the past three plus decades; McConnell was present for every single one of these. In his leadership capacity, McConnell had the unmistakable, repeated opportunity to rally support and Legislative action to curb the rise in global temperature, but he chose to shun responsibility, bury his head in the sand and aggressively promote the fossil fuel industry. His campaigns have received a stunning $2,151,444 from Oil & Gas industries.

Timeline of Global Warming Warnings During McConnell’s Tenure in the Senate:

  • 1985Villach Conference | Consensus amongst experts, global warming inevitable, calls on governments to “consider international agreements to take action to restrict emissions”
  • 1987Montreal Protocol of the Vienna Convention | “imposes international restrictions on emissions of ozone-destroying gases”
  • 1988Toronto Conference | “calls for strict, specific limits on greenhouse gas emissions; UK Prime Minister Thatcher is first major leader to call for action”
  • 1989Global Climate Coalition established | created by “fossil-fuel and other U.S. industries to tell politicians and the public that climate science is too uncertain to justify action”
  • 1990 First IPCC Report | “world has been warming and future warming is likely”
  • 1992Rio de Janeiro Conference | “produces UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, but U.S. blocks calls for serious action”
  • 1995Second IPCC Report | “detects ‘signature’ of human-caused greenhouse effect warming”
  • 1997Kyoto Protocol | “setting targets for industrialized nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (rejected by U.S. senate in advance)”
  • 2000Global Climate Coalition dissolves | “as many corporations grapple with threat of warming, but Oil lobby convinces U.S. administration to deny problem”
  • 2001Third IPCC Report | “global warming, unprecedented since the end of the last ice age, is ‘very likely,’ with highly damaging future impacts”
  • 2004 – “First major books, movie, and art work featuring global warming appear”
  • 2005Kyoto Treaty | “signed by major industrial nations except U.S.”
  • 2006“An Inconvenient Truth” documentary | “persuades many but sharpens polarization”
  • 2007Fourth IPCC Report | “warns that serious effects of warming have become evident”
  • 2009Copenhagen Conference | “fails to negotiate binding agreements,” hopes fade of “avoiding dangerous future climate change”
  • 2015Paris Agreement | 196 nations/state parties “pledge to set targets for their own greenhouse gas dust and to report their progress” | McConnell sends letter “urging states not to comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan”
  • 2017 – McConnell succeeds at urging Trump to pull United States out of Paris Agreement
  • 2018Katowice Climate Change Conference COP24 | “leaders reach deal bolstering Paris Agreement,” but not United States, “U.S. held event promoting fossil fuels

In a stunning rebuke of the 800 million people across the globe who are impacted by global warming, McConnell has consistently corralled his senate colleagues, and now the current president, to maintain staunch opposition to the science behind the global warming warnings. Despite the scientific facts, and the yearly physical proof that climate change is a reality, McConnel persists at denying the research and guidance of experts, and plows forward with legislating in conflict with the damaging impact of climate change reality.

Unfortunately, McConnell’s thirty-four years representing Kentucky in DC have not proven to be a career of public service, but rather of self-service. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost, and many millions are at stake.

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