Ludicrous linkage

Patrick Crow Washington, D.C. Environmental groups often have good causes but bizarre methods. An example of that was their recent claim that Exxon Corp.'s litigation over the Exxon Valdez accident a decade ago is a reason for the federal government to block its pending merger with Mobil Corp. (see story, p. 42). A coalition of public interest groups is opposing the merger on the general principle that it would make big oil bigger. The coalition said, "The merger will create an oil giant with enormous political power, with the ability to skew critical policy debates over matters such as labor standards, global warming, openi...

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