Friday, February 1, 2008

Exxon Mobil Profits Exceed $ 11.7 Billion for 2007 4th Quarter!!!!

Dow Jones Marketwatch reported that Exxon Mobil had its most profitable quarter ever, earning 18 cents a share more than the incredible $ 1.95 profit than analysts had projected and 44 cents per share more than last year's fourth quarter.  Its revenue jumped approximately $ 27 billion as crude oil prices soared above $90 per barrel and touched the $ 100 mark last quarter.  Despite the profit picture, its shares fell 45 cents a share.   

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Focus the Nation


With the right kind of press, the right kind of hype, perhaps focus the nation could have reached people other than those already concerned about climate change.  But it didn't.  What it did do, at least at Willamette, was share information about climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.  It was worthwhile from that perspective, but frankly I'd hoped for more.

I moderated our law panel.  BTW, Cameron Smith, Kulongowski's sustainability advisor stood in for David VantHof who was accompanying the Gov to regional FTN events, and Maggie couldn't make it.  Still, great information, analysis, thoughts....but somehow we need to reach people.  And we're not doing it.  Particularly while they are preoccupied with recession and loan foreclosure worries.

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    Schedule of Events – January 30 & 31, 2008                    

    Wednesday, January 30th

    Winning Video Showing and Concert

    Wednesday night the 30th there will be a showing of the winning videos from the music video contest followed by a concert with local bands. 

    • Joint Chiefs of Staff (Robert      Blodgett, Ryan Roseman, Andrew Wentworth, Tom Salina and Tom Pearson)
    • Bo Monro (Sam Brown and      Christopher Monaco) and
    • Andrew Hussey
    Thursday, January 31st           

    Panel 1
                  Time: 8:00 to 9:30
                  Title: Local & National Responses to Global Climate Change
                  Moderator: Joe Bowersox, Professor and Dempsey Chair, Environmental Policy & Politics & Director, Center for Sustainable Communities

    • Tim Stumhofer, Climate Clean
    • Paul Thiers, Professor of Political Science, Washington State University, Vancouver
    • Marc Marelich, Director of Food Service at Willamette University, Bon Appetit

    Location:  Montag


    Panel 2
                  Time:  9:40 to 11:10               
                  Title: Health Effects and Behavioral Solutions to Climate Change
                  Moderator: Sue Koger, Professor of Psychology, Willamette University

    • Sue Koger, Professor of Psychology, Willamette University
    • Joyce Millen, Professor of Anthropology, Willamette University
    • Dr. Richard Raymond, Ph.D., Environmental Chemistry, Inc. 

    Location: Alumni Lounge


    Panel 3
                  Time: 9:40 to 11:10                
                  Title: Economic Incentives to Address Climate Change
                  Moderator:  Nathan Sivers-Boyce, Professor of Economics, Willamette University

    • Michael Grainey – Director, Oregon Department of Energy
    • Steve Novick, Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate from Oregon
    • Dr. Ernie Niemi – Vice President and Senior Policy Analyst, ECONorthwest. 
    • Don Negri, Professor of Economics, Willamette University

    Location: Montag


    Panel 4
                  Time: 11:30 – 12:30
                  Title: Tomorrow’s Global Citizens: Education & the Challenge of Global Climate Change
                  Moderator: Neil Liss, Professor of Education, School of Education, Willamette University

    • Jon Yoder, Science Specialist, Salem-Keizer Public Schools
    • Loren Sell, Educator and Instructor of Education, School of Education, Willamette University
    • Robin Morris Collin, Professor of Law, Willamette University
    • Lindsey Young, Master of Arts in Teaching,  Aspire Class of 08

    Location: Convocation in Cone Chapel


    Panel 5
                  Time: 12:50 to 2:20
                  Title: Faith and Climate Change
                  Moderator: The Rev. Karen L. Wood, Th.D., Associate Chaplain for Vocational Exploration and
                Director of the Lilly Project, Willamette University

    • The Rev. Gail McDougal, First Congregational Church, Salem
    • Rabbi David Kominsky, Temple Beth Sholom, Salem
    • Charlie Wallace, Chaplain and Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Willamette University

    Location: Montag


    Panel 6
                  Time: 12:50-2:20    
                  Title: The Role of Law and Policy in Addressing Climate Change
                  Moderator: Susan Smith, Professor of Law, Willamette University

    • Dave Ashton, Assistant General Counsel, Port of Portland
    • Maggie Langlas, Attorney, U.S. Department of Interior, BLM
    • David VantHof, Governor's Natural Resources Office, Policy Advisor on Climate Change
    • Adell Amos, Director Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program and Assistant Professor of Law, University of Oregon

    Location: Alumni Lounge


    Panel 7
                  Time:  2:30 – 4:00
                  Title: Private Sector Contributions to Sustainability
                  Moderator:  Elliot Maltz, Professor of Marketing, Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University

    • Regina Hauser, Oregon Natural Step Network
    • Bruce Hamilton, Director of Operations and Maintenance, PPM Energy. 
    • Geoff Huntington, Sustain. 

    Location:  Montag


    Panel 8
                  Time: 2:30 to 4:00
                  Title: Student Perspectives on Solutions to Global Climate Change
                  Panelists:  Students at Willamette University

    • Levi J Shull
    • Lindsay Ohm
    • Clinton J Moran
    • Sean Muller
    • Erik Holmstrom
    • Daniel S Pearson

    Location: Alumni Lounge         


    February 1, 2008 in Climate Change | Permalink | TrackBack (0)