FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2014
David Turnbull, Oil Change International, david [at] priceofoil [dot] org, 202-316-3499
John Sellers, The Other 98%, john [at] other98 [dot] com, 510-390-6416
Drew Hudson, Environmental Action, drew [at] environmental-action [dot] org, 802-272-9763
Blistering TV ad targeting Exxon and $20 billion in subsidies released today
Satirical spot, “Exxon Hates America,” will run over the 4th of July holiday
A trio of progressive organizations have released a hard-hitting satirical ad, entitled “Exxon Hates America,” and are crowdfunding it to show on screens across America over the July 4th weekend.
A sequel to last year’s “Exxon Hates Your Children” ad that prompted ExxonMobil’s lawyers to exert pressure to take it off the air, “Exxon Hates America” highlights the ways Exxon and other oil companies imperil the country with out-of-control oil development spurred along by billions in subsidies from the federal government.
The advertisement, created by the groups Oil Change International, The Other 98% and Environmental Action is available online at http://exxonhates.com/. The groups have launched a crowdfunding campaign to get the ad in households across the country.
“Exxon and Big Oil & Gas have a vision for America that is a nightmare for our communities and our climate. Adding insult to that injury, they’re being paid with billions of our taxpayer dollars, while the climate continues to spiral out of control,” said Stephen Kretzmann, Executive Director of Oil Change International.
“All Exxon and their Big Oil friends care about is the billions of dollars in profits they earn on the backs of the American people. They’ve tried to bully us before and our supporters responded with even greater support. We expect the same massive support as this ad hits the air,” added John Sellers, Executive Director of The Other 98%.
“Exxon’s America is full of leaky pipelines, exploding oil trains, and dirty drilling. If Americans want a better future for our kids our climate and our planet – a first step has to be ending subsidies to these polluting bastards,” said Drew Hudson, Executive Director of Environmental Action.
The advertisement is released ahead of a forthcoming report from Oil Change International that will detail more than $20 billion in annual subsidies being provided to the fossil fuel industry in the U.S. each year. The report will be released next week.
See more about Oil Change International at www.priceofoil.org
See more about The Other 98% at www.other98.com
See more about Environmental Action at www.environmental-action.org