Trump’s Pick: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil and Prominent Climate Change DenierDecember 30th, 2016 by Klaus Rohde
The Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch has published a detailed article on the activities of Rex Tillerson while CEO of Exxon Mobil:
Rex Tillerson and Exxon Spent Big on Climate Change Denial while Misleading Public, Evidence Shows
‘Exxon has used “ALEC’s charitable status to fuel its disinformation campaign on climate change, so taxpayers are literally paying Exxon to lie to them’
‘ Notably, Tillerson’s block of shareholders held off a voluntary measure sought by minority stockholders from the Rockefeller family to significantly expand Exxon’s investment in alternative energy sources.’
Rex Tillerson, if confirmed, will be one of the most influential members of Trump’s cabinet, for example responsible for negotiations with President Putin and his cabinet on oil and gas exploration in the Arctic, recently banned by President Obama in the American sphere. Could an agreement with Russia become a way of circumventing this ban? Of course there are many other issues involved. How can the conflicting interests of Trump as a business man and president of the US be disentangled? Nobody will seriously believe that handing over control of his businesses to family members will guarantee that political decisions will not be influenced by how they might affect his profits. So far (during the election campaign) , Trump could not even be persuaded to reveal what taxes he had to pay, i.e., what his profits from his various businesses were. Was the appointment of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State influenced by Trump’s business interests ?
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