When Big Oil Does Good Things

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  1. KenH

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    When Big Oil Does Good Things
    EL DORADO, Ark., June 16, 2008

    (CBS) Just like first graders anywhere, the kids in El Dorado, Ark., have started thinking about the big question.

    "What do you want to be, Allison, when you grow up?" CBS News correspondent Richard Schlesinger asked.

    "Half veterinarian, half artist," Allison said.

    But unlike most first graders outside El Dorado, when it comes time to pick a college that teaches half-veterinarians-half-artists, Allison's tuition will be paid for by … the oil company just down the road.

    Yes, that's right. Murphy Oil, a Fortune 200 company. Its CEO, Claiborne Deming, decided the kids needed help.

    "So I thought, dad-gum it, we need to do something," Deming said.

    And dad-gum-it if he didn't find $50 million to make a promise to the people of this small town.

    So, every kid who goes through the El Dorado School system and graduates from the high school will be given $6,000 a year for up to five years to help pay for college.

    - rest at www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/06/16/eveningnews/main4185453.shtml
     
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    An oil loving liberal.:laugh:

    Never thought I would see such.
     
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    As much as their taking from us they should give to someone, after all it can't all go for multimillion dollar salaries for this guy.
     
  4. KenH

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    Claiborne is well compensated but nothing like what the top folks get paid at companies like Exxon Mobil, Chevron, et al.

    I'm a nobody and I've never had a complaint about what I've been paid for the past thirty years. :)

    By the way, here's the video:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=LLQTU1eRUUM
     
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    In comparison to the two mites the widow gave in the Bible this is nothing to the oil companies. How can anybody find good in thieves? They are all making it almost impossible to live while they live like royalty. Shame on the greed of big oil!:tonofbricks:
     
  6. KenH

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    $50,000,000 is a pretty big chunk for a company the size of Murphy Oil, even more so when this program was announced in January 2007(when oil was half the price it is now) and with the company having to pay a huge amount of money back then to repair our refinery that was totally flooded outside of New Orleans.
     
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    Yes, Murphy Oil is.

    And there are lots more charitable contributions that the company makes, including matching made by employees to organizations such as the United Way, March of Dimes, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Union County Animal Protection Society(the local private shelter), helping to fund the building of the new conference center for the city, and lots more.
     
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    Don't stop with oil - the greed of so many of our citizens is the "grease" that keeps the congressional pork flowing.

    Greed is not limited to big oil by any strech of your imagination.
     
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    I am quite aware of that JWP, but the thread is about Big Oil, is it not?
     
  11. KenH

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    I'm not sure I would classify Murphy Oil as "Big Oil". More like medium oil considering that the super-major oil companies such as Exxon Mobil are something like 30 times larger than Murphy Oil.
     

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