Planet Killers

Let the scapegoating begin!

Ben van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell

Ben van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell

As the physical world collapses around us, it will become a popular sport to find people to blame. I’ve already seen a blog that suggests that cell phone using, latte sipping, SUV driving, spandex wearing soccer moms are the problem.

John Watson, CEO of Chevron Texaco

John Watson, CEO of Chevron Texaco

Or, the problem is the people who drive BMWs or some other car or who live in the suburbs or who have lots of babies or who are pregnant. It is most definitely NOT industrial civilization or the capitalists running the whole system and the various institutions that support them. Those people are merely offering services or products, and to suggest otherwise is, in a word, divisive.

Conocophillipsceo Ryan M Lance

Ryan M Lance, CEO of Conoco Phillips

Purity tests are of no interest to me. I’ll stipulate that I’m guilty of over consuming, just like all of the other middle class Americans. The fact that America’s economy is based upon consumption is an explanation, not an excuse.

Robert Bob Dudley, CEO of BP

Robert Bob Dudley, CEO of BP

Scapegoating has a very long tradition and is the real sport of kings. Popular scapegoats have been anyone who is the other, who is different, who stand out in a crowd.


Repsol CEO Antonio Brufau Niubo

Considering that we’ve only experienced the tip of the climate change iceberg, and considering how bad it’s going to get, it alarms me when I see scapegoating going on by people who really ought to know better. The people that accept that climate change is real, who understand lag times and feed backs, are a minority of aware people in a world of people who don’t have time to know or who don’t want to know.


Rex Tillerson, CEO Exxon/Mobil

I too want to place blame. So when Common Dreams had an article called “The 90 Companies Killing the Planet” I thought that was a good start. The writers point out all but seven of the companies listed are energy companies.


John W Eaves, CEO Arch Coal

They couldn’t just do a neat little alphabetized list, of course, so I had to stick to the investor owned section, and was surprised by several omissions (more on that later). The amount of money these guys are making is nothing short of obscene. And their websites all dutifully have tabs on sustainability and corporate responsibility. Dig a little deeper and you find that the same names show up on various boards. BloombergBusinessweek has a very interesting button that shows relationships. Let’s just say it really is a small world.

Andrew MacKenzie, CEO of BHPBilliton

Andrew MacKenzie, CEO of BHPBilliton

Never mind that these are the guys funding ALEC and other PACs. Never mind that these guys have lobbyists writing laws for those poor politicians who are too busy fundraising for their next campaign to actually do their jobs. Never mind that wars have been fought at the behest of these guys.


Consol Energy Inc CEO, Dr. J. Brett Harvey

Some of the notable omissions include huge corporations like Coca-Cola, Nestle, DeBeers, Alcoa, Cargill, Dow Chemical, GE, Monsanto, for instance. Banks, of course, are never held to account.


Sasol CEO David Constable


Lukoil CEO Vagit Alekperov


Marathon CEO Gary R. Heminger


Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Recently, people who don’t look similar have been allowed into the clubhouse, but don’t worry, they think similar and that is all that matters. They are few and far between, but look at the whole of the C-suites and you’ll find the tokens.

Peter Terium rwe ceo

RWE CEO Peter Terium


Anadarko CEO R.A. (Al) Walker

It is so much better for the people pictured when we fight with each other over who is more to blame, who is more pure, or whatever.


Sam Walsh, CEO of Rio Tinto


ENI CEO Paolo Scaroni

It would be so much better for us if we could stay focused on reality and proportion and realize that, no matter what we as individuals do, the US Military is still the largest consumer of oil, and that, no matter how long or short our showers, industry and agricultural still consume the vast amounts of water.


Occidental Petroleums CEO Stephen I Chazen

But we don’t.

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8 Responses to Planet Killers

  1. ulvfugl says:

    Hi ww,

    Hope you don’t mind me calling by with a comment.

    There’s this

    The Powell Memo was the precipitating event for the swift rise and astounding success of big business and its control of the United States, starting in the early 1970s. The memo presented a bold strategy for how the corporate life form could take over the key portions of the system, without the other side knowing what was happening. Unless they have read the memo, they still don’t.

    And from an earlier era, this

    G. Edward Griffin lists the Gang of Seven conspirators who rode in a private rail car to Jekyll Island, Georgia in 1910, to hatch the plot to create the Federal Reserve:
    1. Senator Nelson Aldrich, Senate Republican whip
    2. Abraham P. Andrew, Assistant Treasury Secretary
    3. Frank A. Vanderlip, president, National City Bank of New York
    4. Henry P. Davison, senior partner, J. P. Morgan Co.
    5. Charles D. Norton, president, First National Bank of New York
    6. Benjamin Strong, head of Bankers Trust Co. [and future Federal Reserve chairman]
    7. Paul M. Warburg, partner, Kuhn Loeb & Co.
    Griffin continues:
    β€œEven after arrival at the remote island lodge, the secrecy continued. For nine days, the rule for first names only remained in effect. Full time caretakers and servants had been given vacation, and an entirely new, carefully-screened staff was brought in for the occasion.
    β€œThe purpose of this meeting on Jekyll Island was not to hunt ducks. Simply stated, it was to come to an agreement on the structure and operation of a banking cartel.”
    [Click the ‘read online’ link in the left margin to read on.]

    Talk about Conspiracy Theories !

  2. ulvfugl says:

    And this

    The analysis presented here focuses attention on the commercial and state-owned entities responsible for producing the fossil fuels and cement that are the primary sources of anthropogenic greenhouse gases that are driving and will continue to drive climate change. The results show that nearly two-thirds of historic carbon dioxide and methane emissions can be attributed to 90 entities.

Thanks for reading!

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