Fortune Magazine recently came out with their Fortune 500 list of the largest companies in the United States. It’s worth noting the domination of companies “fueled” by the auto industry, as they represent 6 of the top 10 largest companies:
Exxon was started in 1870 by John D. Rockefeller. An entire industry and really, a way of life, was created as a result.
How many trillions of dollars in profits have been made since? And how many trillions of pounds of CO2 have been released into the atmosphere?
The auto/petroleum industry is the most powerful on the planet. There are disrupter industries coming onto the scene- like electric cars and solar and wind energy. They are gaining traction and we must support them to the fullest extent we are able, but this is a large ship and it’s going to take a lot of effort to turn it around.
Regardless of the feat at hand, I find great comfort in knowing that there are millions of consumers like us who are unrelenting and have faith that we will eventually create a new, sustainable world.