Exxon Wallows in Record-Breaking Profits in 2022
What could dwarf Chevron’s biggest-ever profits of $35.5 billion in 2022 — besides the mounting costs of climate-fueled disasters, of course? You guessed it: ExxonMobil’s 2022 profits.
Exxon cleared a net profit of $56 billion in 2022, besting its previous record of $45.22 billion in 2008 by more than 23%, making it the most profitable year for any western oil company ever — roughly equivalent to $106,000 in the time it will take you to read this paragraph.
Apparently referencing his company’s exploitation of the war in Ukraine, record-high gasoline prices, and increased home-heating costs, Exxon CEO Darren Woods credited “a favorable market” for helping enable the company’s superlative-defying year.
White House spokesperson Abdullah Hasan said Exxon’s “latest earnings reports make clear that oil companies have everything they need, including record profits and thousands of unused but approved permits, to increase production, but they’re instead choosing to plough those profits into padding the pockets of executives and shareholders.”
As reported by NPR:
Both Exxon and Chevron emphasized their carbon footprints in their earnings calls, a major shift from the not-so-distant past, when oil companies uniformly denied, minimized or ignored climate change when talking to investors.
But their responses to climate change focus on reducing the emissions from oil wells and pipelines, or making investments in “lower-carbon” technologies like hydrogen and carbon capture — not on a rapid transition away from fossil fuels, as climate advocates say is essential.
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