Activists from the Occupy Sandy movement suggest to rename hurricane Sandy into "Exxon Mobil Hurricane". Why that is and the multiple ways how activists "on the ground" connect Sandy to Exxon Mobil and the oil industry, you can see in this 24 min video about "Occupy Climate Change - The Exxon Mobil Hurricane". Occupy Sandy activists lead through the devastations; they explain how that movement works and how they provide food, clothes, and love to those in need; in the second part, activist Bill McKibben and others link Sandy to global warming. This snap documentary came to my mind when a few days ago, I read in the newspapers that Exxon at least for a moment became the most successful company worldwide.
On spiegel online and in the New York Times we can learn that providing fossil fuel is a good business for Exxon Mobil:
"Exxon mobil reported strong earnings on its refining and chemical businesses for the fourth quarter on Friday, compensating for disappointing results in its oil and gas businesses. The oil giant reported net income for the quarter of $9.95 billion, up 6 percent from the year before. The company’s domestic refining division is benefiting from the steep increase in domestic oil production, which has brought down the price of crude that refiners process, particularly in the midsection of the country".
More on Exxon Mobil you can learn in Steve Coll's book "Private Empire. Exxonmobil and American Power":
The company, Mr. Coll writes, is “a corporate state within the American state” and “one of the most powerful businesses ever produced by American capitalism.” Some employees call its ominous headquarters near Dallas the Death Star.The book review ends like this:
Against this background, the documentary makes an argument for renaming Sandy:It’s a company that’s begun to care what we think of it. It seems to now want a good response to the following question, posed by a corporate-responsibility specialist to an Exxon Mobil executive, albeit in more graphic language than can be printed here:What are you going to say to your grandkids when they say, Grandpa, why did you screw up the planet.
The snap documentary by filmmaker Josh Fox for Occupy Sandy has now been released on the web.Someone in the documentary makes the argument that each catastrophe also opens up possibilities to rethink the basics of our social organizations and how we want to live. With only a few exceptions, the anthropogenic climate change debate on klimazwiebel and elsewhere is mostly restricted to questions of its scientific evidence and to those of (private) energy consumption; maybe it is also time to discuss those companies which provide those fossil fuels and consequently shaped our economic, political and public infrastructures. The video also reminds us that every catastrophe opens an opportunity to reconsider the way we live, or as the poet puts it: "there is a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in."
As Asbury Pulp reported yesterday, the Occupy movement’s Sandy recovery effort in NYC (they have also been aggressive in New Jersey) is documented in the film and was shown on the side of a building in the East Village last night.
Of Occupy Sandy, The New York Times reported, “Almost from the moment Hurricane Sandy struck New York, an ad hoc offshoot of Occupy Wall Street set to work collecting food and clothing for victims of the storm and sending volunteers to hard-hit areas like Red Hook, Brooklyn, and the Rockaways in Queens to clean out flooded basements and to repair damaged houses.”
Josh Fox is well-known for his documentary Gasland, which looked at the oil- and natural gas-drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
The Occupy Sandy documentary, called Occupy Climate Change, firmly ties the freak weather event to global warming; they have nick-named it the Exxon Mobil Hurricane. You can watch it above.
You can follow Occupy Sandy’s efforts in New Jersey – and get involved – via this website.