Activists Rally at Exxon Gas Station

Activists held a rally outside an Exxon Mobil gas station on August 4 in Keene. They were protesting the company's efforts to persuade the public that climate change isn't a problem. The world's leading scientists say climate change is a major threat to earth's ability to support human life. It is caused mainly by people driving cars and trucks, and by using fossil fuels to generate electricity and to heat buildings.

Traveling by train, bus, bicycle, or on foot, rather than by car, is a good way to slow down climate change. So is telling politicians to increase funding for energy efficiency programs like Efficiency Vermont. This can be done by raising taxes on millionaires. There are about 13,000 people in Massachusetts who make more than $1 million a year. That's according to the state tax department.

The CEO of Exxon Mobil makes about $40 million a year. Exxon Mobil received $6.2 billion in subsidies from taxpayers in the USA between 2010 and 2012. That's according to www.AmericansForTaxFairness.org.

The rally was organized by a group called NextGen Climate. For more information visit www.nh.nextgenclimate.org or contact Kate Corriveau at kate.corriveau@nextgenclimate.org or by phone at (603) 260-2545.

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