Wow. That’s really the only word I could say when I read this article at Forbes.com. I am not sure how many ads Exxon/Mobil had to buy in the magazine to get this “award”, but something smells pretty fishy. Since when can a company that denies that climate change is happening, creates a product that is one of the dirtiest on earth, and has left oil spills all over the globe killing wild and aquatic life be granted the title of “Green Company of the Year”? Because they are interested in making money from algae? Does this forgive all their eco-sins over the past 50 years? Their newest goal is to drill for natural gas in Qatar and then ship it all over the world. Does that sound green to you?
Forbes is a very well-known finance magazine, so them giving the award to a major multi-billion dollar corporation doesn’t surprise me. But I do have to wonder about their journalistic integrity, picking a company that is normally on the “Worst Of” lists of environmental organizations. So while I am sure Exxon is very thankful to Forbes for helping them greenwash their readers, I think Forbes should be ashamed of themselves. Of all the companies who really do great things, it’s shameful they chose this company who doesn’t.
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