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    Shares of Exxon Mobil rose 2.7 percent Thursday pushing the market capitalization of the Irving-based company to $504.9 billion — more than the annual economic output of Argentina, Finland and Kazakhstan combined. A 40 percent gain in the past 12 months made Exxon Mobil 26 percent bigger than General Electric Co., the next largest U.S. company.

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that although the 20 big oil companies it tracks earned a combined $22.55 billion last quarter, those same 20 companies, together, earned only $1.59 billion in the fourth quarter of 2001.

    In fact, Big Oil was weathering tough times then, reporting combined quarterly profits of less than $10 billion from the third quarter 2001 through the fourth quarter of '02.

    Life is very hard for the oil industry these days isn't it?

    What's in your wallet?
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    I am sick. The only pleasure I get is knowing I didn't vote for those clowns as apposed to the some of us that put Tweedledee and Tweedledum and its house of reps in office.
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    I haven't bought gas from an Exxon station since the Valdeez went down in Alaska.

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