ExxonMobil’s Lobbying Efforts

This is a rather good tweet from ExxonMobil, presumably posted to set straight the dimwitted journalists who reported on Rex Tillerson’s confirmation hearing yesterday:

This is something ExxonMobil has long claimed, and was reported in Steve Coll’s Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power: their efforts in Washington D.C. are aimed less at trying to change government policy than 1) trying to figure out how government policy will impact ExxonMobil, and 2) inform lawmakers what impact those policies will actually have.

The difference might be too subtle for some, but this is different from ExxonMobil lobbying the US government to implement (or not) policies in order to benefit the corporation at the expense of everyone else.

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6 thoughts on “ExxonMobil’s Lobbying Efforts

  1. The difference might be too subtle for some, but this is different from ExxonMobil lobbying the US government to implement (or not) policies in order to benefit the corporation at the expense of everyone else.

    I gather this would go under the rubric “Lefties project”. Dimwitted journalists (is there any other kind?) think it perfectly natural (even commendable) that Tesla or Berkshire-Hathaway would tell the government what to do to help them out, and they are fine with that since they think these are the good guys. So naturally ExxonMobil can’t possibly be involved with the government for any other reason, especially since they are the BAD guys.

  2. Not that I don’t appreciate the distinction, but surely the boffins at Exxon know that when you say to a politician, “This policy will cause us to shut down the factory in your district,” what he hears is, “Don’t enact this policy.” Are they not being a mite disingenuous here?

  3. Are they not being a mite disingenuous here?

    I don’t think so: I think they’re just making sure the politician is aware that if he enacts this policy, then the factory will close. I don’t think ExxonMobil, in general, is in the business of closing down viable operations in order to punish politicians for not voting the right way, nor of threatening to do so.

  4. I don’t think ExxonMobil, in general, is in the business of closing down viable operations in order to punish politicians for not voting the right way, nor of threatening to do so.

    Touché

  5. Still, when a big corporation meets with gov’t officials, I find it hard to believe there isn’t something shonky going on. Maybe that’s just a prejudice of mine

  6. Still, when a big corporation meets with gov’t officials, I find it hard to believe there isn’t something shonky going on. Maybe that’s just a prejudice of mine

    I agree, there will be some horsetrading going on at the expense of the citizen. But I don’t think it’s all as nefarious as what people think.

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