Private Empire: Author Steve Coll on State-Like Powers, Influence of Oil Giant Exxon Mobil

Democracy Now! May 4, 2012 – We look at one of the largest and most powerful corporations in the world: Exxon Mobil. Last week, the corporate giant reported it earned $9.5 billion in profits in the first three months of this year — or almost $104 million per day. We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Steve Coll who pulls back the curtain on Exxon Mobil in his exhaustive new book, “Private Empire: Exxon Mobil and American Power.” “Exxon Mobil really sees itself as an independent sovereign in the world, almost the equivalent of a state,” Coll says. “They really are one of the most closed corporations headquartered in the United States.”

Part 2 – ExxonMobil’s Dirty Secrets From Indonesia to Nigeria to D.C.: Steve Coll on “Private Empire”

Democracy Now! May 7, 2012 – We continue our conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Steve Coll, author of the exhaustive book, “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.” He examines controversial role ExxonMobil has played in Afghanistan and Indonesia, where it operated lucrative gas fields amidst a bloody war for independence. Coll also discusses the corporate giant’s involvement in the controversial natural gas drilling process known as “fracking” known as fracking, and the role of its lobbyists could play in the upcoming U.S. election.

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