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Exxon Mobil is one of the most powerful and influential multinational corporations. Their positions on global warming and alternative energy have directly influenced our presidents and congressmen and have been the basis for America’s energy policy. To get new oil reserves, Exxon Mobil has had to operate in politically dangerous countries like Equatorial Guinea, where there is little regard for human rights. How has this company continued to survive and prosper in the changing global political climate over the past few decades? Tonight on Inquiry we welcome author STEVE COLL, President of the New America Foundation, a non-partisan public policy institute. His new meticulously researched history should be read by anyone concerned about America’s energy policy: PRIVATE EMPIRE: EXXON MOBIL AND AMERICAN POWER. (pictured is current Exxon Mobil Chairman and Chief Executive Rex Tillerson)