I definitely have issue with some of the ads I've seen during the NCAA tournament, but the Exxon Mobile "Hey were so very green and concerned with the environment" ads have my dander up. I will post the add as soon as I find it, but the ad states that automobiles now release significantly less pollution than they did in the 70s! Now how is that thanks to Exxon Mobile? From Wikipedia:
"The catalytic converter was developed by John J. Mooney and Carl D. Keith at the Engelhard Corporation, creating the first production catalytic converter in 1973."
That (which resulted from EPA regulations), and the removal of lead from gasoline, is the ONLY reasons car emissions have improved - oh and guess what, there is still lead in gasoline in many third world countries. I'm sure Exxon is doing their damnedest to phase that out. Bull shit.
Also, for those of you who remember the Valdez accident the international community is trying to ensure that all oil freighters are double hulled. Exxon STILL uses more single hulled oil tankers than the rest of the other top 10 oil companies combined. Crack work there! Bull shit!
The introduction of high-tensile steel allowed the industry to rewrite the regulations concerning hull thickness as well as number of crew, etc, all in the interest of saving money.
High-tensile steel is less likely to be punctured than regular steel. Unfortunately, it does nothing to ameliorate the two greatest causes of oil tanker spills: metal fatigue and human error.
The cost for Exxon to use only double hulled ships would be pennies for each shareholder. (Oddly enough after I posted this there was a segment on NPR on this very topic).
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