Past Event

Steve Coll: ExxonMobil and American Power

Tue, May 8 2012 - 6:00pm

Steve Coll: ExxonMobil and American Power

Steve Coll, Author, Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power; former Managing Editor, The Washington Post
In Conversation with Greg Dalton, Climate One, The Commonwealth Club

ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond said in 2000 that there was "no convincing scientific evidence" that carbon dioxide would disrupt the Earth's climate. Nine years later, CEO Rex Tillerson changed course and announced support for a carbon tax if it was revenue neutral and did not increase the size of government.
 
ExxonMobil's maneuvers on pricing carbon are just one theme running through Steve Coll's book Private Empire. He writes that ExxonMobil spends more money lobbying Congress than any other corporation and in some countries its influence towers above the US Embassy. Within the energy industry, it is regarded as a highly efficient and profitable corporate machine with strong safety standards and relatively low rates of accidents and spills.
 
Join us for the inside story of one of the world’s most secretive and powerful companies as told by a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist. 

Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:00 p.m. program, 7:00 p.m. book signing
Cost: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Also know: The speakers and audience will be videotaped for future broadcast on the Climate One TV show on KRCB TV 22 on Comcast and DirecTV