ExxonMobil CEO: Burning Fossil Fuels Causes Climate Change, But Energy Independence Is Still Complete Bullshit

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ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson testifies before Congress.

We at Unfair Park will never, ever tire of hearing Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Irving-based ExxonMobil, the largest private oil and gas company in the world, admit that the product he peddles has in fact caused the earth's climate to change.

This is the corporation that has for decades bankrolled a campaign to manufacture climate-change controversy, tobacco- and cancer-style, where none actually existed. This is the corporation whose most famous executive, the irascible Lee Raymond -- who steered the company toward the acquisition of Mobil, creating a juggernaut whose economy of scale remains unmatched -- was the single most vehement climate-change denier in the ranks of Big Oil honchos.

Now, this is ExxonMobil, mind you, in whose environmental policy office reside the gurus of hedging, so one foot in front of the other. Acknowledging the mere existence of anthropogenic climate change was a big step. Admitting that the consequences for humans and a host of animal species are dire, perhaps even insurmountable, might be expecting too much. For now, we'll settle for this comment to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York Wednesday, as reported by the AP: "Clearly there is going to be an impact," Tillerson said, adding a caveat, "We have spent our entire existence adapting. We'll adapt. It's an engineering problem and there will be an engineering solution."

Tillerson is a civil engineer from ExxonMobil's upstream division, so the fact that he's enraptured by the idea that every conceivable obstacle facing mankind can be engineered into submission isn't at all surprising.

Nor is it surprising that he would lance a major Republican plank: That the key to energy independence requires little more than drilling the shit out of America. He told the CFR attendees that it doesn't matter one damn bit if we used only oil extracted from ANWR, a pristine Yellowstone National Park vista, or the much-abused Gulf of Mexico -- crude is priced globally. That's what Raymond, Tillerson's predecessor, believed with religious devotion.

Not House Republicans, who yesterday passed the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act (which is exactly what it sounds like), would have you believe. You know the modern Republican Party is completely out of touch with reality when even intransigent ExxonMobil looks progressive by comparison.



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Chiggers!
Chiggers!

Well. Alright, then! *cracks open last beer, tosses ring-holder*

Gielsj
Gielsj

Hey, Rex, my house just burned down here in Colorado Springs. Please cut me a cheque so I can "adapt" to Climate Change your company's product is causing. Since you run the most profiable corporation on the planet this should be not be too hard for you to "manage". Those climate scientists also making those extreme forecasts...those silly illerate folks.

People; Get Ready
People; Get Ready

The fact that a bunch of slimy crooks like those at Exxon Mobile would trot their CEO out and publicly admit to being a part of the problem like this is scary.  The only reason they admit stuff like this is that they can't hide the real truth.  So, they admit to a piece of the truth now and work to soften the effect of what is really happening. The real truth is probably 10 or 100 times worse.  They must have really messed up!!! 

Beachcomber
Beachcomber

The gulf is abused by all trafficking the sea as evidenced by the plastic refuse found all along the coast. The cause of this abuse is not restricted to oil/gas production activities. The trout and red fish are abundant along those littered shores.

Max from the Sandspit
Max from the Sandspit

Kid- If you were dropped into ANWR in August you wouldn't last fifteen minutes even with a DDT bomb. Pristine my ass and to compair it to Yellowstone is down right stupid and ignorant. It's pure tundra and not habitable by humans.

Gus Mitchem
Gus Mitchem

Private in regards to not government owned But really the largest PUBLIC company in the world  This corporation as a public citizen is really a recent phenomenon and conflicts directly with the sole purpose of a corporation as an entity, which is to make money, not only make money but to make more money than they made last year, push the stock price up and/or pay a bigger dividend. The stockholder comes first, contractually. It might not be pretty but that's how our system works. Its the role of the people in the form of government to keep the corporations in check. I guess all that is out the window now   Generally people like to apply all kinds of judgement to oil companies, with no regard to the sheer volume of even their own personal demand. The real numbers involved are too staggering for most to comprehend, but we are all a part of it, Hybrid or not your still a user

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