Giving back from the Exxon Valdez oil spill


After the Exxon Valdez ran aground off the Alaska coast in 1989, a class-action lawsuit named ExxonMobil sued the fishermen, miners and blacksmiths who worked for the company. Not only did they find out they were being held collectively liable for a job they didn’t even know they were doing, the case began a process that would eventually result in $4.5bn in compensation.

The vast majority of that money went to the victims of the ecological catastrophe. But while there is hardly any dispute that ExxonMobil is not to blame for the Valdez oil spill, we can’t agree that we shouldn’t hold the company accountable for its actions in the future, writes the Washington Post. That means we may want to take a lesson from the oil-spill victims of 1989 and donate a portion of our fines to charity, which would help to pay for restoration work in underdeveloped countries.

How much would you donate?

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