White House Press Release Copies Paragraph from ExxonMobil Release



By Dan Bacher | March 6, 2017 |  

I’m definitely no stranger to the dirty world of Big Oil regulatory capture, coming from California, where the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) writes Department of Conservation regulations and where WSPA’s President oversaw the creation of “marine protected areas.” 

But the Donald Trump White House has brought Big Oil capture of government to a new level, choosing Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, as well as appointing other fossil fuel industry insiders to his cabinet. Now the White House is copying Exxon Mobil press releases. 

Today, in a press release from ExxonMobil entitled “ExxonMobil Plans Investment of $20 Billion to Expand Manufacturing in the U.S. Gulf Region,” (news.exxonmobil.com/...) one paragraph stood out:

“ExxonMobil is strategically investing in new refining and chemical-manufacturing projects in the U.S. Gulf Coast region to expand its manufacturing and export capacity. The company’s Growing the Gulf expansion program, consists of 11 major chemical, refining, lubricant and liquefied natural gas projects at proposed new and existing facilities along the Texas and Louisiana coasts. Investments began in 2013 and are expected to continue through at least 2022.”

A press release issued today from the White House, entitled “President Trump Congratulates Exxon-Mobil for Job-Creating Investment Program,” (www.whitehouse.gov/...)  contains the very same paragraph:

“Exxon Mobil is strategically investing in new refining and chemical-manufacturing projects in the United States Gulf Coast region to expand its manufacturing and export capacity. The company’s Growing the Gulf program consists of 11 major chemical, refining, lubricant and liquefied natural gas projects at proposed new and existing facilities along the Texas and Louisiana coasts. Investments began in 2013 and are expected to continue through at least 2022.” 

The only difference between the two paragraphs is that the White House has separated “Exxon Mobil” into two words in their release.

In a tweet, Oil Change International commented in reference to the White House press release,  “Now they’re straight up copying Big Oil’s press releases?! We need a Separation of Oil & State STAT.”

Welcome to the United States of ExxonMobil and Big Oil.

For more information on Big Oil regulatory capture in California, read: www.elkgrovenews.net/...





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Steve Barnett said...

Sorry but this is not as big a deal as you would think. Many times, I need to write reports related to a company. When I need to write a paragraph about the company, I go to their web site and use their language. In most Press Releases, it would be preceded by an "About Exxon-Mobile" title. In this case, the title wasn't there. This is not a big deal

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