Daily Archives: October 29, 2015

Democrats Request a DOJ Investigation Into ExxonMobil | The New Republic

By Rebecca Leber @rebleber Photo: Getty Images

California Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee requested a Department of Justice investigation into ExxonMobil on Wednesday, writing that the company’s behavior “is similar to cigarette companies that repeatedly denied harm from tobacco and spread uncertainty and misleading information to the public.” There have always been pronounced parallels between the tobacco and oil industry—both working to undermine regulatory action that could hamper profit—but a federal investigation may mean they share the same fate, as well.

In 1999, the DOJ investigated and eventually sued big tobacco for spreading misleading evidence about the connection between cigarettes and cancer. The companies violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, and faced repercussions for lying to the public about science. Now, Congressmen Ted Lieu and Mark DeSaulnier of California say it could be Exxon’s turn.

“We ask that the DOJ similarly investigate ExxonMobil for organizing a sustained deception campaign disputing climate science and failing to disclose truthful information to investors and the public,” they wrote, according to a letter provided to the New Republic. “We request the DOJ investigate whether ExxonMobil violated RICO, consumer protection, truth in advertising, public health, shareholder protection, or other laws.

“The apparent tactics employed by Exxon are reminiscent of the actions employed by big tobacco companies to deceive the American people about the known risks of tobacco,” the letter says.

Two investigations undertaken by Los Angeles Times and Inside Climate News show that Exxon scientists accepted the role fossil fuels play in driving global warming in the 1970s and 80s, and briefed corporate executives on the need for “major reductions in fossil fuel combustion.” In the years that followed, executives spearheaded efforts to cast doubt on the science community’s findings to halt action on climate change. Exxon financed the Global Climate Coalition, which worked against climate action in the 1990s before disbanding in 2002. Eight years ago, the company also promised to stop funding climate deniers, yet continues to contribute today to prominent skeptics, including Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe.

And this attitude appears to have seeped into the DNA of Exxon itself. Just this spring, Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson questioned climate change: “What if everything we do, it turns out our models are lousy, and we don’t get the effects we predict?” Tillerson said. “Mankind has this enormous capacity to deal with adversity, and those solutions will present themselves as those challenges become clear.” While other major oil companies have endorsed a global climate deal in Paris at the end of the year to tackle emissions, Exxon has opted out of pushing for climate action.

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What Have You Always Wanted to Know about Social Security?


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Published on Oct 29, 2015

Thom Hartmann talks Social Security and takes calls with Alex Lawson’ Executive Director-Social Security Works
Website: www.socialsecurityworks.org

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What diseases have the World Health Organization eradicated?


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Published on Mar 26, 2013

The World Health Organization was established on the first World Health Day in April 7th 1948 in Geneva Switzerland. The 1949 budget was 47 million dollars and in 2012, the budget was a around $4B. Most of the cash is voluntarily given.WHO is partnered with 473 NGOs, 189 of which is “Official.” With the help of other NGOs and Governments WHO has positively changed everything from this staggering list.

Of special note are Polio, Smallpox, and HIV. Polio has nearly been decadecimated. Smallpox was completely eradicated which was the first time ever that a disease was wiped out. Between 2009 and 2015, WHO aims to reduce HIV in people ages 15-24 by 50%, in children by 90%, and reduce HIV related deaths by 25%.

WHO conducts the “World Health Survey” with 400,000 participants over 70 countries. They also publish the “World Health Report” and created the WHO surgical checklist.
If I have a list for this video, so should surgeons poking a knife in someone’s head.

Controversies are plentiful for an organization this large. The WHO denounced the Roman Catholic church for opposing condom use. They created a report suggesting that sugar should be less than 10% of our diet. They also made an agreement with International Atomic Energy Agency such that each organization must consult with the other when it comes to nuclear health and safety. Finally, WHO declared a swine flu pandemic in 2009 but most don’t agree that it was pandemic-like.

In 2012, there were 194 member states including all of the United Nations except Liechtenstein. What up Liechtenstein?

The legislative and supreme body of WHO is the World Health Assembly located in Geneva. There are 34 technically qualified people in the executive board. Below the assembly are five Regional Offices ran by regional committees consisting of health department heads of multiple governments. Each office is a meeting place for surrounding countries. Finally, there are 147 country offices usually located in capitals that advise governments on health issues.

WHO employs 8500 people worldwide and they don’t hire smokers. There are goodwill ambassadors like the famous Jet Li, Nancy Brinker, Peng Liyuan, Yohei Sasakawa, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and some guy named Craig.

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Executive Assembly & World Energy Leaders’ Summit (WELS 2015)


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Published on Oct 29, 2015

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How One Donor Bought a North Carolina Senate Seat…


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Published on Oct 29, 2015

Thom Hartmann talks about the $4.7 million Super PAC, which received 99 % of it’s money from one donor and helped propel Republican Thom Tillis to victory over Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan.

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Nomads of the Rainforest PBS NOVA 1984


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Published on Aug 7, 2013

NOVA visits the Waorani Indians of Eastern Ecuador less than 30 years after their first contact with Western civilization. Left largely undisturbed because of their traditional hostility toward outsiders, a few families remain deep in the rainforest hunting game with blowguns and spears. They also cultivate gardens, make weapons and tools and maintain traditions that date back to the Stone Age.

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Participatory climate services for farmers in Ghana


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Published on Oct 29, 2015

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