Oil change? Fossil fuel advocate to run State department 

Posted: December 13, 2016 by oldbrew in government, Politics, solar system dynamics
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Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson

After years of being persecuted by climate alarmists, the oil giant Exxon now finds its CEO nominated for a top post
in the next US government. What’s he like? Tough at times, as this BBC report notes: ‘At the Exxon AGM, journalists from the Guardian were barred from the meeting in Dallas – Exxon argued that the newspaper was not “objective” in their reporting.’

Good news for environmental campaigners: President-elect Trump has finally nominated someone to his cabinet who actually believes in climate change science.

The bad news for those same campaigners is that this true believer happens to be CEO of Exxon Mobil, and also sees fossil fuels as critical to humanity’s survival.

Rex Tillerson is undoubtedly an unusual choice for Secretary of State, but perhaps less so when seen against the background of several other Trump nominees supported by the oil and gas industry, including former Texas Governor Rick Perry who is the pick for energy secretary.

Mr Tillerson may differ from the others on the causes of climate change, but he definitely subscribes to their view that an abundant supply of fossil fuels is critical to making America great again.

Turn off the taps

Last May, Mr Tillerson reiterated his company’s perspective on climate change, delivered in his strong Texan twang, which dominated the Exxon Mobil Annual General Meeting in Dallas.

“For many years, Exxon Mobil has held the view that the risks of climate change are serious and do warrant action. We believe that addressing the risk of climate change is a global issue,” he said.

Mr Tillerson is in favour of a carbon tax as the best way to reduce emissions, a view not likely to go down well with his new colleagues in government.

At the AGM, he was clearly not in favour of mild shareholder resolutions asking corporations such as his to support the goal of keeping global temperature rises below the 2C.

“We got to have some technology breakthroughs,” Mr Tillerson said last May.
“Just saying turn the taps off is not acceptable to humanity.”

“The reality is there is no alternative energy source known on the planet or available to us today to replace the pervasiveness of fossil fuels in our global economy, in our very quality of life, and I would go beyond that and say our very survival,” he thundered.

Full report: Oil change? Fossil fuel advocate to run State department – BBC News

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  2. gallopingcamel says:

    Businessmen running the country? I can’t wait.

  3. He forgot nuclear power.

  4. Russ Wood says:

    Nope – the US and USA gave up on nuclear powered aircraft back in the 50’s!

  5. jim says:

    Oh, I can wait. See, government is not profitable, it’s a drag on economies. But, did GM build the road, or one of the government’s? Did rotter rooter build the sewer system, or did average citizens get tired of garbage and stuff in their wigs? There is no in between. But, a leader implies a direction. I hope the direction is toward average, truth, and blue skies.

  6. oldbrew says:

    What can replace 96 million barrels of oil per DAY?