Lifting the Veil on Exxon Mobil; and Was the Oklahoma City Bombing the Result of a Wider Conspiracy?

05/17/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk with an author who has written a new book lifting the veil around one of the most secretive companies in the world- Exxon Mobil. And later we’ll talk about some of the enduring mysteries surrounding the Oklahoma City bombing 17 years ago.

But first some listener comments about yesterday’s interview with Mitt Romney surrogate – incoming Florida House speaker Will Weatherford. Romney was campaigning in the Bay area yesterday and his staff offered Weatherford to us to talk on behalf of the Romney for President Campaign. Here’s what two listeners had to say.

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In his new book PRIVATE EMPIRE Pulitzer Prize winning author Steve Coll looks at one of the most powerful businesses ever produced by American capitalism: Exxon Mobil. The oil company is the largest in the world when it comes to revenue—if it were a country- it’s GDP would be equal to that of Norway’s. Coll’s book looks at how Exxon Mobil tried to undermine the public debate on global warming; how the company wields enormous political power; it’s involvement in countries with dismal human rights records and how it’s size grew—despite the Exxon Valdez oil disaster in Alaska in 1989. He joins us now.

Steve Coll is the author of PRIVATE EMPIRE: EXXON MOBIL AND AMERICAN POWER.

Our next guest is Andrew Gumbel, the co-author of the new book Oklahoma City: What the Investigation Missed and Why It Still Matters (HarperCollins). In it Gumbel looks back at the April 1995 bombing that killed 168 people and injured many more. Two men were convicted of stashing thousands of pounds of a fertilizer bomb in a Ryder truck and placing it outside the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma city---t- Timothy McVeigh an Iraq War veteran and Terry Nichols. McVeigh was executed. Nichols remains in prison. But our guest Andrew Gumbel says the government missed signs of a wider conspiracy. In fact, Gumbel says that the federal government had leads-- that had they been followed up--- the bombing could have been prevented.

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