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ExxonMobil and American Power

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Steve Coll, president of the New America Foundation and contributor to the New Yorker, and now author of Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power, discusses the history of the oil company that sees itself as an "independent sovereign."

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Steve Coll

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Comments [21]

sophia ~

Save the typing strokes - it's absolutely hopeless.

Pitifully impaired.

May. 02 2012 12:01 PM

amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night ~

Thanks for stating what some here will never be able to comprehend.

May. 02 2012 11:57 AM

Vituperative???

That's a rather big word for a bitter old turd!!

May. 02 2012 11:54 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


@Sophia-

Nah, it's just the pivoting one has to do over here in the opposition, so it just reflect the broad scope of the show's content itself. The absence of dissent to the underlying WNYC/NPR partisanship is amazing to me....even given the audience.
(And I NEVER listen to FOX NEWS, I'm a Morning Joe fan...know thy enemy.)

If you were on the "other side" and listened to the overt political posturing here on PUBLIC radio, you just might be appalled, too.
Sorry if I get a bit vituperative.

May. 02 2012 11:19 AM
sophia

@MartinChuzzlewit

In your first post of the day you complain that journalists should be covering the GDP instead of Murdoch scandals, now you complain about journalists covering The Most Profitable Corportation instead of Lukoil.

Fox news may have blinded you to head-spinning and hypocritical blame-shifting within the length of a single program, but I assure you, the rest of us can see it.

May. 02 2012 10:54 AM
drew from NYC

This country is designed as a driving country. We need the oil companies right now, and we also need them to get out of the way of our future.
I think the reason the American people get angry with the giant trans-national oil companies is because they are raising the price of gasoline to a number that strains the breaking point of most household budgets, they report record *quarterly* profits in the billions & their executives are raking in the dough as well. All while middle class wages stagnate & families fall behind.
These are our laws - profits come first. These are our results.

May. 02 2012 10:53 AM
Renter from East village

No mention of the pipe line being built across Afganistan by UniCal. Pres. Karzi'S former employer.

May. 02 2012 10:48 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

No JG - I believe Republicans when they say the Chevy Volt is a socialist Obama conspiracy, designed to bankrupt and destroy our free-market system, that's my theory anyway.

May. 02 2012 10:47 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Hey, the petroleum/auto industries created the "American dream" and the suburbanization of America to sell cars and gasoline. So what else is new? And the industry will continue to obstruct the electric car in particular as it represents the greatest threat to Texas oil barons who've own the Republican party for nearly a century.

May. 02 2012 10:42 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Oil companies, if they are private, have the right to make as much money as any other. If Americans have a problem with it, they should either buy/nationalize an oil company or stop using their products,

May. 02 2012 10:39 AM
John A.

"Could you ask your guest - to what extent do the oil companies try to obstruct and stifle competition in the renewable energy sector, and to what extent are they choosing in to invest in those new "greener" technologies."
+
Seconded on the Floor.

May. 02 2012 10:38 AM
james from nyc

Ayn Rand wrote fiction

And the Republican party thinks that she wrote god's word... not to be questioned, just believed...

pretty nutty..

May. 02 2012 10:37 AM
thomas warren from astoria

--correction-= Got Patriotism? " Do the leaders at Exxon ever voice pride in being American or appreciate the debt they owe to their homeland as the only place where they could have become what they are? Or do they trash our regulations and favor countries that are more lax?

May. 02 2012 10:37 AM

Go Sheldon!

May. 02 2012 10:37 AM
steve from NYC

I see a similarity between Exxon and Mitt Romney. Romney has built businesses but not economies. In fact he built Baine Capital by putting business interests ahead of the interests of the US economy. Listening to Coll, it seems that Exxon does the same thing. And yet we look at both as very American. Yet neither has their economic allegiance to America.

Thoughts?

May. 02 2012 10:35 AM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

@ Chuzzlewit -

Clearly all fossil fuel extractors regardless of who or where they are, including Exxon, are profit and power-driven, environmentally unconcerned, and imperialistic. They are decidedly not virtuous but are established to sell fossil fuels for maximum profit and deliver value to their shareholders. Period.

Considering that Exxon is the biggest law unto itself is a reason that this is interesting. (Plus control of 10% of world oil reserves is a lot, don't you know?)

May. 02 2012 10:34 AM
tom from astoria

"Got Patriotism? " Do the leaders at Exxon every voice pride in being American or appreciate the debt they owe to their homeland as the only place where they could have become what they are? Or do they trash our regulations and favor countries that are more lax?

May. 02 2012 10:34 AM
Therese Eiben from Manhattan

Please ask Coll if, since Exxon-Mobil is a multi-national, is it permitted to contribute to American politicians?

May. 02 2012 10:30 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Could you ask your guest - to what extent do the oil companies try to obstruct and stifle competition in the renewable energy sector, and to what extent are they choosing in to invest in those new "greener" technologies. Thank you.

May. 02 2012 10:30 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

"whiny self-righteous leftie journalists.... they only write where there is no fear of jail. Sigh"

There is no limit to this person's lack of common decency.

May. 02 2012 10:29 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Brian-
Please ask Coll if he thinks that Sinopec (China) and Gazprom, Lukoil, or Rosneft (Russia) are any different from Exxon.....more virtuous, more concerned about the enviroment (LOL) or less imperialistic. (Hey, rare earth mineral hoarding anyone? Buehler? Cutting off gas supplies in winter to eastern European countries as a political truncheon?)

There is one difference... they don't need to worry about criticism from whiny self-righteous leftie journalists.... they only write where there is no fear of jail. Sigh.

And don't American companies now control less than 10% of world reserves?

May. 02 2012 09:31 AM

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