souls in turmoil

started way before standard oil

that is just one example of how they get and take

forgot the principle to give and receive

all they give is their greed

from which the fat, dumb, and happy feed

don’t worry

i know when you realize your ignorance it’s tough to handle

like damn i’m taking part in the biggest scandal


It is funny who we are taught about in school. I learned very little about corruption in politics and business and very little on an important topic: oil. We barely touched the surface in history class on what really happened during these events and did not get much perspective. Most importantly we did not learn how these events still affect us in our daily lives now.  Until recently, I did not understand what a muckraker was or hear of an example of one. A muckraker is an investigative journalist who aims to expose corruption. I recently read about Ida Tarbell, a muckraker, who exposed Standard Oil and John D. Rockefeller, the richest American to ever live. At first, the publishing of her expose on Standard Oil lead to action by ordering the illegal monopoly to be broken up into companies. This did not change much in the long run. The business remained to make a tremendous profit and John D. Rockefeller and his name lived on.. unblemished. After this, the issue with Standard Oil has been overlooked. It still operates in the same way, just not under the name of Standard Oil, rather Exxon Mobile, Chevron, and BP. The Rockefeller’s still hold great power over the economy using similar techniques as John D. Rockefeller to exploit others, gain more control, and make a larger profit. This has granted these big oil companies tremendous political power, even more so, with the recent appointing of Secretary of State to Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil. This is particularly concerning with the issue of climate change, where programs in denial of the issue were funded by ExxonMobil in the past. Now, the former CEO holds  an influential position in politics, and it seems clear what his standpoint on the issue is.

“In 2016, the Rockefeller Family Fund announced that it would divest holdings from fossil fuel companies. They would do so over time except in the case of ExxonMobil which was singled out “for immediate divestment because of its morally reprehensible conduct.”

They blame the company for actively fighting to discredit scientific research into the issue of climate change. David Kaiser, a fifth-generation descendant of John D. Rockefeller, published an article outlining some findings of their investigation, showing extensive lobbying efforts by ExxonMobil against the Kyoto Protocol treaty. The findings also allege successful efforts by the company to lobby Vice President Dick Cheney and President George W. Bush to replace government-related scientists who believed in climate change with skeptics” (http://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/why-the-rockefellers-are-battling-exxonmobil-over-climate-change)

“Exxon Mobil, under fire over its past efforts to undercut climate science, is accusing the Rockefeller family of masterminding a conspiracy against it. Yes, that Rockefeller family.

The company, which has been accused of scheming to pay surrogates to deny the threat of climate change, is trying to turn the tables by calling its opponents the real conspirators. It is fighting state attorneys general, journalists and environmental groups in an all-out campaign to defend its image.

But the oil and gas giant has directed some of its fiercest fire at the descendants of John D. Rockefeller, who in 1870 founded Standard Oil, the company that became Exxon Mobil. Rockefeller family charities, longtime backers of environmental causes, have supported much of the research and reporting that has called the company to account for its climate policies, and Exxon Mobil is crying foul”(https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/21/science/exxon-mobil-rockefellers-climate-change.html)

There seems to be no fine line to divide who did what in this issue, since the Rockefeller family has made their fortune off of the company ExxonMobil. Everything seems rather hypocritical and like the public’s view of the truth has been obscured, yet again by a big corporation.

The Facts:

$4 billionaire of taxpayers’ money is used to give tax breaks to oil companies

Oil reserves have taken billions of years to build up and are being depleted just within a hundred.

“Greenhouse gas emissions, primarily from the burning of fossil fuels, have already warmed the globe by more than 1°C since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Unless we can rein in these emissions and ambitiously transition to a just, clean, and renewable energy future – the planet will become unrecognizable as global temperatures soar by 4, 5, or 6 °C and beyond.” (http://priceofoil.org/thepriceofoil/global-warming/)

Wind power is cost-effective. Land-based utility-scale wind is one of the lowest-priced energy sources available today, costing between two and six cents per kilowatt-hour, depending on the wind resource and the particular project’s financing. Because the electricity from wind farms is sold at a fixed price over a long period of time (e.g. 20+ years) and its fuel is free, wind energy mitigates the price uncertainty that fuel costs add to traditional sources of energy.

Wind creates jobs. The U.S. wind sector employed more than 100,000 workers in 2016, and wind turbine technician is one of the fastest-growing American jobs of the decade. According to the Wind Vision Report, wind has the potential to support more than 600,000 jobs in manufacturing, installation, maintenance, and supporting services by 2050.

It’s a clean fuel source. Wind energy doesn’t pollute the air like power plants that rely on combustion of fossil fuels, such as coal or natural gas, which emit particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide—causing human health problems and economic damages. Wind turbines don’t produce atmospheric emissions that cause acid rain, smog, or greenhouse gases.” (https://energy.gov/eere/wind/advantages-and-challenges-wind-energy)

agriculture, alternative energy, clouds

Hopefully, in the future, we can work collectively to move toward using renewable sources of energy, without anyone monopolizing the energy industry.


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