Rob Haw, LA Times
The Times has shown us that Exxon Mobil, as powerful as it is (and with resources to hire the best advisors), is still subject to whimsical fantasies about the future. The corporation understood the consequences of climate change back when Jimmy Carter was president, yet it ignored the science and thwarted remedial action, as if Exxon could reverse physics by itself. (“How Exxon went from leader to skeptic on climate change research,” Oct. 23)
Other petroleum corporations (mostly European) are calling for a carbon tax, but not Exxon (or Chevron). Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and even Caltech refuse to divest from fossil fuel companies.
There’s something uniquely American about placing personal prosperity ahead of community well-being, a kind of frontiersman entitlement attitude from the pre-industrial era that persists to this day. Everything around us since then has changed, but not that attitude.
I subscribe to the ethos of “it takes a village” — we’re going to either make it or break it together.
Robert Haw, Altadena