ExxonMobil Celebrates Earth Day with a (day-long) Moment of Silence

If the only web site you ever visited for news was ExxonMobil.com, you very well would have missed the fact that April 22 was the 39th celebration of Earth Day. So far as I can tell, the massive global energy company ignored it entirely.

It's possible they were too busy planning for April 23, when they issued a press release patting themselves on the back for commemorating World Malaria Day by donating $1 million—the ExxonMobil equivalent of a wooden nickel—to the President's Malaria Initiative to help fight the spread of the disease in Angola.

How else do you explain their 'commitment' to a cause that ostensibly has nothing to do with the global organization whatsoever?

For the record, World Malaria Day is April 25, not April 23.

ExxonMobil has, by their own account, already poneyed up tens of millions to fight malaria.

By now you've figured it out, and the pathetic timing of this press release and token donation do not require an overly cynical mind to find it all utterly despicable.

In fact I would take it a step further and speculate—just a guess—that the only reason ExxonMobil got involved in malaria in the first place was because the global attention follows so closely on the heels of Earth Day.

How else do you explain their 'commitment' to a cause that ostensibly has nothing to do with the global organization whatsoever?

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