Big Oils Environmental Epiphany

In the past, oil companies have tried to maintain a low profile, as much as immensely profitable companies serving the public can hope to. They've tried to burnish their image, some more than others, with support of public radio and television, image advertising, and such, but mostly they've gone about the business of making money in the United States and Europe and buying access in oil-producing countries.

Around 1995 a change began to occur. Some industry leaders began to come to terms with environmentalism. They each came to environmental epiphanies at different times and in different ways. But by 2006, almost all of the Big Oil companies were on board. They were accepting the grave challenge posed by climate change and—with one large exception, ExxonMobil—beginning to invest in renewable fuels.

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