My family has been intimately involved with Exxon through the years. My great-great-grandfather Maurice Clark went into the provisioning business with John D. Rockefeller around the time of the Civil War, but ended up selling the nascent oil-refining part of the business to Rockefeller in the late 19th century. Years later, my grandmother's uncle ran Standard Oil of New Jersey, later to become Exxon; and most recently, my father spent his career working for the company in New York, London, and Rome. Never mind the shoreline -- who's gonna fix the ship? Photo: EPA Exxon has always been the reflexive …
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Tyler Clements is a writer and an environmentally concerned citizen.