81 East Van Buren
INSIDE BIG OIL: EXXONMOBIL AND AMERICAN POWER
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012
CORPORATE BREAKFAST PROGRAM
The Chicago Club
81 East Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Business attire is required.
Registration and continental breakfast
Presentation and discussion
Adjournment and book signing
Steve Coll, President, New America Foundation and Staff Writer, The New Yorker
The annual revenue of some of the world’s leading petroleum corporations is larger than the GDPs of Iran, Greece, or even the United Kingdom. In some critical areas rich in energy resources, oil companies exert more influence over politics and security than that of the United States embassy. As one of the largest and most powerful private corporations in the United States, ExxonMobil earned 21.3 billion dollars in revenue in the first half of 2011 and presently spends more money lobbying Congress and the White House than almost any other corporation. Join Steve Coll as he discusses his latest examination of ExxonMobil, the true extent of its influence, and how the energy industry persists in shaping the political and corporate climate in America today.
Steve Coll is president of New America Foundation, and a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. Previously he spent twenty years as a foreign correspondent and senior editor at The Washington Post, serving as the paper’s managing editor from 1998 to 2004. He is the author of seven books including Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 and The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century. Coll’s professional awards include two Pulitzer Prizes; the Council on Foreign Relations’ Arthur Ross award; the Overseas Press Club award; and the Lionel Gelber Prize for the best book published on international affairs during 2004. Coll graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude, from Occidental College.
Steve Coll’s latest book, Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power, will be available for purchase at the program.