02 May '11, 4pm

Students successfully rally to juxtapose Exxon arch-nemesis with Exxon CEO as commencement speaker via @grist

The CEO of America's largest and most profitable company is invited to be the commencement speaker at one of the country's oldest technological universities -- you would think everyone would be pumped! But no, the students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute responded to the secret deal to bring the head of WPI mega-donor Exxon Mobile to campus by launching a protest. Improbably, they won. Now, on the same day that Exxon Chief "Rex" Tillerson comes to their school, students will be allowed to hear an alternate address by Big Oil arch-nemesis Richard Heinberg , senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute . It must chap Rex's tan Texas hide to have to set foot on the same stage as Heinberg, who will tell anyone who listens that the end of the age of cheap oil is here and that companies like Exxon, through climate change and peak oil denial, are the latter-day equivalent of Nev...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-05-02-students-successfull...

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