Posted by: Dr. Breffni Lennon | July 12, 2012

Fuelling the White House? Michael Casey reviews Steve Coll’s new book in the Irish Times

Steve Coll has written a new book on ExxonMobil, one of the largest corporations in the world today, titled: Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power. As Michael Casey writes, in his review of the book in last Saturday’s Irish Times, ExxonMobil:

“makes a profit of about $30 billion a year, and its chief executive is paid about $30 million. It employs more than 80,000 people around the globe. The last chief executive to retire, in 2005, was given a package of $400 million. The company’s top executives work in huge, plush offices known as the God Pod, and they can use any of nine corporate jets for any purpose they see fit [and] Given the huge global reach of ExxonMobil it was inevitable that it would become entangled in US foreign policy” (Casey, 2012).

Coll’s book teases out some of those entanglements and goes some way towards explaining the United States’ continuing refusal to engage meaningfully in tackling anthropogenic climate change. It also throws yet more light on the murky relationship politics and big business share in the US.

Michael Casey’s review can be read here.

For the New York Times review of Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power please go here.


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