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Is Big Oil the New Big Tobacco?

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The Exxon tiger logo is shown outside a gas station under construction in Dallas, TX on April 13, 2000.

The Exxon tiger logo is shown outside a gas station under construction in Dallas, TX on April 13, 2000.

Photographer: Jon Freilich/Bloomberg
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A cartoon circulating on Twitter carries a warning for the oil industry.

There’s Joe Camel, retired tobacco spokes-animal, suave as ever in a tuxedo, cigarette dangling from his smiling snout. In his hand, a pack of smokes with a twist -- an Exxon Mobil Corp. logo on the wrapper. “Big Oil: The New Big Tobacco,” reads the caption.