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The Green Life: Exxon Takes the "Clean Air" Out of Its Act

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December 15, 2010

Exxon Takes the "Clean Air" Out of Its Act

IStock_000012763105XSmall The Clean Air Act passed in 1963, and has been tooled with and amended at many points since. Recently celebrating its 40th birthday, the law has fought through its share of detractors and figureheads while keeping us safe from a rogues' gallery of offensive elements in our oxygen and water.

So when a company like ExxonMobil sets up show and blatantly spits in its face, amounting a comically obvious collection of violations, and faces zero accountability for their actions, there's a lingering sting in the environmental community. The 8 million pounds of unlawful pollution for which Exxon has been responsible for over the past half decade won't just disappear.

Today, two months after the Sierra Club and Environment Texas agreed to sue the company for its wrongdoings, the lawsuit became official. Some will argue that the small sliver of the planet's oil on which the Exxon label sits makes their actions meaningless. The truth is, Exxon is harming the environment to a frightening degree, clearly ignoring laws solidified decades ago to prevent exactly such actions, and getting away with it.

With oil companies like Shell and Chevron already cornered by the environmental groups, Exxon, though undoubtedly protected by a powerful legal department, will now face a challenge to its methods.

--Justin Klugh

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