Exxon Beats Back Free Speech Attack by Liberal AGs in Climate Fight

fight backMDN previously chronicled an insidious effort being spearheaded by the odious New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in an attempt to criminalize free speech by accusing Exxon Mobil of “knowing” man-made global warming is “true” but suppressing that knowledge (see NY AG Targets/Accuses ExxonMobil of Lying about ‘Climate Change’). You disagree with Scheiderman on global warming, he wants to take your money away and put you in jail. As we’ve pointed out, it’s Nazi-like (see Rise of the New (Environmental) Nazis – Free Speech Under Attack). Schnedierman has convinced other state AGs to join his cackle (what a group of hyenas is called), including the far-left AG of Massachusetts, Maura Healey, and the hapless, bumbling idiot of an AG in the Virgin Islands, Claude Walker. What the cackle didn’t expect is that their prey would turn around and begin hunting them! Exxon has already stopped Mass. AG Healey (see Exxon Fights Back Against Mass. AG’s Illegal Subpoena). Now, add one more victory to Exxon’s tally: the hapless Virgin Islands AG Walker has withdraw his subpoena against the company…
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Exxon Fights Back Against Mass. AG’s Illegal Subpoena

hyenaMassachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, New York AG Eric Schneiderman and several other Democrat AGs have ganged up like a pack a hyenas with saliva dripping from their legal fangs at the prospect of bringing down one of the biggest preys imaginable–Exxon Mobil. Healey, Schneiderman and others are making fantastical claims that Exxon “knew” that burning their evil, filthy, nasty oil and natural gas is causing Mom Earth to warm up, so they’ve been serving subpoenas to Exxon to turn over ever piece of communication the company has ever had, so they can build a case against Exxon’s free speech (see NY AG Targets/Accuses ExxonMobil of Lying about ‘Climate Change’). As we’ve previously written, these far-out libs represent the rise of the new Enviro Nazis (see Rise of the New (Environmental) Nazis – Free Speech Under Attack). The legal hyenas believe they could bring down the “beast”–stealing Exxon’s money and redistributing it to voters who will keep them in office forever. Just one little problem: Exxon isn’t playing along. The beast is not wilting, not running, not willing to give up and give in, like the legal hyenas thought it would. In fact, the beast is fighting back…
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The Carbon Crazies Turn Out at Exxon Mobil’s Annual Meeting

System ChangeThe climate changer crazies were in full regalia outside of the Dallas, TX facility where Exxon Mobil was holding its annual meeting yesterday morning. Sporting signs that said “Keep It in the Ground” and “System Change not Climate Change” (which was from “an ecosocialist coalition”) and many others, these nutjobs shouted at investors filing in to the facility. Christopher Helman, a reporter from Forbes, was on hand–both inside the meeting and outside to talk with the crazies (give that man hazard pay!). Helman files this report…
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Anti-Fossil Fuel Insanity Metastasizes in Brains of Rockefellars

Question: How did John D. Rockefeller make his billions? Answer: Oil. John Rockefeller worked hard and integrated multiple Pennsylvania refineries into a single company that eventually became Exxon Mobil–the largest oil company headquartered in the U.S. (and one of the largest in the world). As often happens with the generations that follow the one who worked so hard to establish a family fortune–the kids and grandkids and great grandkids were soft. Clueless. Everything handed to them on a silver platter. Which left their brains susceptible to the virus of liberalism–a virus that kills brain cells and renders its victims blubbering idiots. And that’s just what has become of the Rockefeller clan. How’s this for ironic? Last week the Rockefeller heirs announced they’ve sold off all remaining Exxon Mobil stock they owned because Exxon has engaged in “morally reprehensible conduct.” What kind of egregious conduct have they engaged in? Paying for prostitutes to visit drilling platforms offshore for their workers? Bulldozing neighborhoods in poor, third world countries so they can extract oil and gas? Espionage against competitors? Nope. None of those things. The “morally reprehensible conduct” is that Exxon won’t admit that mankind is causing Mom Earth to catastrophically warm up. And that, dear reader, is the highest sin that can committed against the new climate change religion. Which is why we say anti-fossil fuel insanity has fully metastasized in the brains of the Rockefeller clan…
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Exxon to Spend 25% Less in 2016, But Raises $12B to Go Shopping

ExxonMobil, the largest U.S.-based energy company and largest producer of natural gas in the U.S., released an interesting press release yesterday. In it, they divulge their high-level plans for 2016. Among those plans, the company will spend $23 billion this year, which is 25% less than what they spent last year. Exxon will start up 10 new upstream projects in 2016 and 2017, which will add an additional 450,000 oil-equivalent barrels per day to their already huge production. Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson is quoted as saying, “We are advancing several Downstream and Chemical projects to increase feedstock flexibility, produce higher-value products and expand logistics capabilities to strengthen our competitive advantage in these businesses.” Our thought: Let’s hope one of those downstream projects getting advanced this year is the Monaca, PA ethane cracker. It’s also interesting what Exxon didn’t say in yesterday’s press release: They didn’t comment on the recent $12 billion in bonds they’ve floated so they can go shopping and pick off distressed competitors and/or their assets…
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Top 20 Marcellus Drillers – Ranked by Environmental Impact

top 20Last Friday MDN brought you the news about a professor who devised a clever formula for evaluating the overall environmental impact of 20 Marcellus drillers (see Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Best Driller of Them All?). At the time we only knew who the top and bottom companies are in the list. CONSOL Energy took top honors, while ExxonMobil was last or “least” environmentally friendly as compared with the others. We now have the entire list (below). Where does your favorite driller fall in the list?…
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ExxonMobil 2015: 50% Decline in Earnings, Thank God for Downstream

Yesterday ExxonMobil released its fourth quarter and full year 2015 update. Not a pretty picture. ExxonMobil is the largest oil and gas company headquartered in the U.S. It’s also the owner of XTO Energy–which is one of the major drillers in the Marcellus/Utica Shale. Everyone watches Exxon closely as a barometer for other oil “majors” as they’re called. Yesterday Exxon reported a 58% drop in quarterly profit for 4Q15 (over 4Q14), and a 50% decline in 2015 earnings over 2014 earnings. Capital and exploration spending was $31.1 billion in 2015, down 19% from 2014. Exxon anticipates more cuts in spending for 2016, with capital and exploration spending of $23.2 billion, a decrease of 25% from 2015 levels. The clear sentiment in the statement below is, “Thank God for downstream” (gas stations and chemical plants) which kept the company from falling even further…
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ExxonMobil: Fossil Fuels Will Produce 80% of World Energy Thru 2040

Understanding the global energy picture is helpful so we know where the shale energy piece “fits” in that picture. Each year ExxonMobil prepares an annual energy outlook. On Monday they released the 2016 ExxonMobil Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040 report (full copy embedded below). Some interesting tidbits from the report: “In 2040, oil and natural gas are expected to make up nearly 60 percent of global supplies, while nuclear and renewables will be approaching 25 percent. Oil will provide one third of the world’s energy in 2040, remaining the No. 1 source of fuel, and natural gas will move into second place.” Perhaps most astonishing (for wacko environmentalists) is this: Fossil fules–oil, natural gas and coal– will continue to meet almost 80 percent of the world’s energy needs through 2040. It is intellectual suicide to pretend so-called renewables will be able to shoulder the energy burden in our lifetime. Ain’t gonna happen. We live in a world powered by fossil energy–and THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH IT…
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Morningstar Outlook/Predictions for Oil & Gas in 2016 & Beyond

Morningstar, Inc. is one of, if not THE leading providers of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Morningstar’s analysts keep a close eye on many different sectors, including the energy sector. Yesterday Morningstar published its Quarter-End Insights for the oil and gas sector, which include not only a look back at what happened, but predicts what they see coming in 2016 and beyond. Among Morningstar’s predictions: “Long-term” prices for oil will hit $70 per barrel for Brent crude and $64 per barrel for WTI. Near-term oil prices? They “could be ugly.” Morningstar recommends three specific E&Ps in which to invest. Two of them operate in the Marcellus…
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ExxonMobil Gets a New President, Rex Tillerson Successor?

ExxonMobil is an important energy company–one of the most important worldwide. ExxonMobil is the largest publicly-traded oil and gas company in the world (by market capitalization). It’s an American company. And it has a meaningful presence in the Marcellus/Utica region via its wholly-owned subsidiary XTO Energy, which it purchased in 2010 for $35 billion. ExxonMobil is the largest natural gas producer in the United States–and has been for years. So when a major change is made at the top of the company, it’s big news–for everyone. Last Friday ExxonMobil announced they have a new president. No, Rex Tillerson isn’t going anywhere (for now). Tillerson will remain as CEO of ExxonMobil. However, Darren Woods will take on the role of president. Woods was also appointed to the Board of Directors last week–meaning Woods (50 years old) is the obvious successor to Tillerson when Tillerson (63 years old) decides to retire. The succession plan is now in place. Here’s a bit more about Woods and where he comes from…
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Former Fed Prosecutor Says NY AG Targeting Exxon “Tip of Iceberg”

MDN is privileged to receive great insights from many sources. We currently have over 30,000 unique monthly readers. Sometimes those readers send us unsolicited comments and news worth sharing, like this time. John Marti, a former federal prosecutor and U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota (now a partner with the international law firm Dorsey and Whitney) sent us his insights into the investigation being run by New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Schneiderman, you may recall, is conducting a witch trial in an attempt to shake down Exxon Mobil for billions over the company’s previous statements about mythical global warming (see NY AG Targets/Accuses ExxonMobil of Lying about ‘Climate Change’ and NY AG Schneiderman Launches the Climate Witch Trials). Schneiderman is attempting to criminalize First Amendment free speech. Marti has some sage advice for fossil fuel companies. He warns that Schneiderman’s action is “the tip of the iceberg”–with more companies likely to end up in the crosshairs…
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NY AG Targets/Accuses ExxonMobil of Lying about ‘Climate Change’

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Eric Schneiderman, NY AG

We’ve written before about the lawless Attorney General from New York–Eric T. Schneiderman. He attacks his own constituents like landowners in the state (see NY AG Schneiderman Files to Dismiss JLCNY Lawsuit Against Cuomo), threatened the Delaware River Basin Commission that he would sue them if they allowed fracking (see NY AG Schneiderman Threatens New DRBC Lawsuit over Fracking), and he regularly bullies oil and gas companies (see NY Attorney General Schneiderman Subpoenas Shale Drillers and More on NY AG Schneiderman’s Bullying of Anadarko & EOG Resources). Schneiderman has just performed a breathtaking act of chutzpah: He’s launched an investigation and subpoenaed ExxonMobil, the largest oil company in the United States (4th largest in the world), accusing them of making false statements about so-called man-made global warming. He’s saying they contribute to global warming and they’re lying about their role in it–that they’ve made false statements to the public that contradict what their own internal research has found. That is, he is using the same strategy used against tobacco companies 20 years ago…
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Exxon: We DO Believe in Mythical Global Warming! We Do We Do!

I do believe in fairiesWe find it kind of funny, and kind of sad, that the mighty Exxon Mobil is reduced to groveling like they did yesterday in a press release in which they say, in essence, “We DO believe in global warming. We do we do we do!” Apparently the company was stung by criticism from from a couple of radical anti-fossil fuel rags–InsideClimate News and the Los Angeles Times–and by follow-on criticism from four communists, two in the United States Senate and two in the House of Representatives: Sen. Bernie Sanders (running for president), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rep. Ted Lieu and Rep. Mark DeSaulnier. What? Communists in our own government? No, we’re not mistaken nor are we using hyperbole. We’re using accurate language. Look up the definition of communism and tell us we’re wrong. Radical environmentalism is the new home of communism and these four politicians are disciples of that philosophy. Following mischaracterizations of Exxon’s true believer status by the anti-fossil fuel rags, the four commie pols piled on, so Exxon, the largest publicly traded oil & gas company in the world (so they claim), felt it had to defend it’s true-believer status in a press release, which is really kind of pathetic…
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Goldman: Cabot O&G, Range Resources Among Top Takeover Targets

bigger fish smaller fishWith all of this talk about CONSOL Energy and Noble Energy and mergers/acquisitions and workforce reductions, we came across an interesting story and analysis by SNL Financial summarizing a Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research report issued last Friday. The Goldman report evaluates 38 exploration and production (E&P) companies on their suitability and desirability as mergers and acquisitions candidates based on asset quality, potential upside returns to the buyer as oil and gas prices improve, and low break-even operations. That is, of all the E&Ps out there, which ones are most likely to be targeted for a takeover, and by whom? The surprising answer is that Cabot Oil & Gas and Range Resources, both huge Marcellus drillers, are among the takeover targets. And the super majors interested in doing the taking over? Exxon Mobil and Statoil
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Park Foundation Resolution Defeated by ExxonMobil Shareholders

happy dance - SnoopyIt’s not often (enough) that the odious and disgusting Park Foundation suffers a total defeat–so we do a happy dance when it happens. It happened yesterday at ExxonMobil’s annual meeting where shareholders handed the Park Foundation (of Ithaca, NY) a humiliating defeat of their resolution that Exxon compose a cockamamie report every year detailing the so-called “risks” involved with unconventional drilling. Apparently the self-loathing Park Foundation wants Exxon to become self-loathing too–to produce a report that essentially says they’re creeps destroying Mother Earth by fracking. Three-fourths of Exxon shareholders said “no thanks.” Shareholders also voted down an idiotic proposal by a group of Catholic priests from Milwaukee who have lost their first love (Jesus Christ) in favor of a new love (Global Warming) to put a global warming expert on the board of directors. Ah, excuse us Fathers, whatever happened to your vow of poverty? Seems the priests of Milwaukee now have more money than the Lord Himself and want to throw their weight around at shareholder meetings rather than save souls…
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ExxonMobil Donates $47M to Higher Ed, Including Marcellus Region

ExxonMobil runs an incredibly generous program called the Educational Matching Gift Program under which they have just donated $47 million to ~900 colleges and universities across the United States. Here’s how it works: for every $1 ExxonMobil employees, retirees, directors and surviving spouses contribute to the Matching Gift Program, ExxonMobil matches it with $3. In Pennsylvania, the total pot donated to higher education was $3.8 million. In Ohio, it was $909,000. Virginia colleges are getting $1.3 million. New York State colleges and universities are getting a whopping $3.4 million–after New York State has screwed ExxonMobil royally (the company has lost millions of dollars in lease expirations when it couldn’t drill shale wells in the state because of Andrew Cuomo’s fracking ban). And yet, ExxonMobil gave money to the Empire State anyway, to some of the very schools who provide shelter and sponsor anti-drilling zealots. It shows the caliber of the people who run the company. One more: New Jersey, big users of oil and gas, but haters of pipelines and shale drilling, got $1.1 million…
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