The headline says it all: “The Man Who Sold the Planet”. Today’s Independent newspaper launches a major offensive at Exxon and Lee Raymond, the “Darth Vader of global warming” for their “denial that carbon emissions cause climate change”.
Reporting on yesterday’s Exxon AGM, the paper says: “Lee Raymond, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, has bowed out from the oil giant with a $400m pay and retirement deal that has caused outrage among environmentalists. In his 12 years at the top of the company, Exxon has pumped an estimated six billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere and has led the opposition to action on climate change”.
Raymond “funnelled $19m of Exxon’s money to groups that question the science of global warming. His package of pension and perks includes a bodyguard, a car and driver, and use of a company jet, plus a $1m-a-year deal to stay on as a consultant”.
Exxpose Exxon a coalition of environmental groups, is encouraging consumers to boycott Exxon Mobil’s service stations, which include the Esso brand. The coalition includes Friends of the Earth, the Union of Concerned Scientists and Greenpeace. If you want to get involved – go here.