Protesters wearing barrels greeted Exxon Mobil Corp. shareholders as they gathered in downtown Dallas Wednesday for the oil giant's annual meeting. A melting Exxon sculpture to symbolize the effects of global warming sat among protesters outside the company's shareholder meeting Wednesday. Click here to watch video of the protest. Demonstrators stood near the entrance to the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and yelled at arriving shareholders and executives, objecting to what they see as the company's lack of investment in alternative forms of energy. Topics of the meeting are scheduled to include several resolutions from dissident shareholders on environmental and executive compensation issues. Some of the same proposals have failed to win majority support in past years. The meeting marks the public debut of new chairman and chief executive Rex Tillerson. He took over in January when longtime CEO Lee Raymond retired. Raymond's confrontations with dissident shareholders were a staple of past meetings. Outside the meeting, behind sign-covered barricades and a melting Exxon ice sculpture, demonstrators spoke of issues like global warming. Liz Branch, a Dallas Peace Center volunteer, explained that the organization was mourning the death of the planet. more at: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/060106dnbusexxon.3e0f8a53.html I SWEAR I DIDN'T PROTEST, BUT I DID HAVE TO DRIVE BY A LITTLE WHILE AGO . . .