Headline RoundupJanuary 31st, 2023

ExxonMobil Posts Record-Breaking $55.7 Billion Profit in 2022

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ExxonMobil posted a $55.7 billion profit in 2022, a record-breaking number for the energy giant.

For Context: In 2021, Exxon recorded a $15.6 billion profit. In 2020, when demand cratered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Exxon lost money for the first time in decades, according to Fortune. Exxon’s record setting year is being widely attributed to two factors— geopolitical turmoil stemming from Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine and the continued recovery from the pandemic.

Key Quotes: Exxon CEO Darren Woods stated that “while our results clearly benefited from a favorable market, the counter-cyclical investments we made before and during the pandemic provided the energy and products people needed as economies began recovering and supplies became tight.” A statement from White House spokesperson Abdullah Hasan criticized oil companies, stating that “oil companies have everything they need, including record profits and thousands of unused but approved permits, to increase production, but they’re instead choosing to plow those profits into padding the pockets of executives and shareholders.”

How The Media Covered It: Left- and Center-rated outlets were more likely to highlight the past year’s high fuel prices when noting the profits, and emphasized the connection between the Ukraine war and Exxon’s profits. Right-rated outlets covered the story less, despite covering gas prices extensively prior to the 2022 midterm elections, and were more likely to focus on the White House’s criticism of the profits and Exxon’s response.

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