Activists kick off big boycott of ExxonMobil
Spelling-impaired activists at Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, MoveOn.org, and nine other enviro and progressive groups have launched a nationwide “Exxpose Exxon” consumer boycott campaign. While the coalition doesn’t expect to have a big impact on ExxonMobil’s bottom line, it hopes to change the public’s perception of the world’s largest publicly traded oil company and pressure it into good, green corporate citizenship — investing in clean energy, supporting mandatory greenhouse-gas emissions caps, and backing off from its aim to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. “On Arctic drilling and global warming, they are the worst of the worst,” said Athan Manuel of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. ExxonMobil also has yet to pay several billion dollars in punitive damages stemming from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.