23. If you have to buy gas…

… don’t buy it from Esso/Exxon/Imperial Oil!

There’s a lot of reasons, including these (from www.exxposeexxon.com):

ExxonMobil is the ONLY major oil company:
  • Denying the urgency of global warming and funding front groups and think tanks that mislead the public about global warming and delay crucial action;
  • Refusing to invest in clean, renewable energy that will reduce consumer energy costs, lessen America’s oil dependence, decrease air pollution and health care costs, and curb global warming;
  • Still a member of Arctic Power, the single-issue lobby group trying to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
  • ExxonMobil has still not paid the punitive damages it owes for the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill! So far, 6,000 fisherman and others harmed by the devastating spill have died awaiting compensation.

There’s also information from Greenpeace, Amnesty International(regarding their human rights abuses), and ExxonSecrets.org. They are rock bottom on the list of gasoline companies in the Better World Shopping Guide, the only company to receive an “F”, a category reserved for companies  that are actively participating in the rapid destruction of the planet and the exploitation of human beings. There are plenty more references to their general badness, but I don’t want to bore you…

Also, biofuels have been touted the answer to our gas addiction woes, but (from The Guardian):

Increasing production of biofuels to combat climate change will release between two and nine times more carbon gases over the next 30 years than fossil fuels, according to the first comprehensive analysis of emissions from biofuels.

Yikes.

Anywho, my change today is no more Esso gas.

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