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Exxon May Be Corporate America’s Canary in the Coal Mine

Last week’s boardroom shakeup could be just the beginning when it comes to investor climate activism.

An Exxon Mobil refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

An Exxon Mobil refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

Photographer: Barry Lewis/In Pictures

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Last week’s shakeup of Exxon Mobil Corp.’s board of directors is by most accounts a clear signal to corporate America that ambivalence and greenwashing will no longer be enough when it comes to addressing the climate crisis.