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July 06, 2011

Exxon, Soaked in Profits, Soaks Up Oil with Paper Towels

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Rachel Maddow last night tackled the latest Big Oil Blunder -- Exxon Mobil's Yellowstone River disaster that has spilled an estimated 42,000 gallons of crude oil into this pristine area. Like a well-oiled machine, Exxon's damage control with the media was on all cylinders immediately after the pipe burst. But Exxon was forced to widen clean-up efforts and it became increasingly clear that this incident required more than just an over-sized Band-Aid (or paper towels). Check out the segment, including around the fourth minute when she reviews the precarious history of this pipeline.

"For a company that has the closest thing the world has ever known to infinite resources -- they have infinite money at their disposal, you could not mint money faster than Exxon Mobil makes it -- this mess that they have made of the Yellowstone River seems to be beyond their capacity," Maddow says.

PBS also ran an informative segment last night that you can view here.

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