The individual in charge of Exxon Mobil, which is the largest oil and gas company in the world, spoke out to confirm what has already been known for decades: climate change is real, its impacts are serious, and it is all likely inevitable.
The comments that came from Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon Mobil, were quoted from the Twitter account of Simon Evans who is the Policy Editor at Carbon Brief which is a watchdog publication focusing on the energy industry. According to Evans, Tillerson said:
We share the view that the risks of climate change are real and warrant serious action.
Tillerson has attempted to spin Exxon’s policies in a positive light and at the “Oil & Money” conference in London he said, “We have long used a proxy cost of carbon… there’s a range depending on the country, depending on the tax that we think would be appropriate. We’re trying to influence and inform people and business on the choices they make.”
The motives for Tillerson to attempt such a maneuver are plain for those paying attention. Exxon Mobil has been accused of ignoring data from their own scientists about climate change for nearly 40-years, which makes them liable for much, if not all, of the environmental damage. As such numerous attorneys general have initiated investigations and lawsuits against Exxon Mobil. The charge is being led by New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, an ardent liberal and supporter of Hillary Clinton. Schneiderman is the same AG who is bringing a case against Donald Trump for fraud. For Exxon’s 40-years of turning a blind eye to the havoc they created, they are being subpoenaed to release that entire time period’s cache of documents to investigators. That’s a lot of paper.
In attempts to halt the progress of the investigations Exxon Mobil has sued various attorneys general. Just this week they sued New York and Massachusetts to block the release of documents, and they did so from a Texas federal court — which is more likely to be sympathetic to the oil giant’s plight.
Climate change is a real and observable threat to all of humanity. It is estimated by the end of this century all sea levels will rise between 4 to 6 feet, which will place numerous metropolitan areas under water, displacing millions, and impact the water systems of the entire planet. Furthermore, In 1910 National Glacier Park was home to around 150 glaciers. A little over 100 years later and there are only 30 glaciers left, and one wonders how could that be? It is predicted that it may be as soon as 2020 when all of the glaciers disappear for good.
In the past 5,000 years the planet has warmed itself around 4 to 7 degrees. However, in the last 100 years the planet has warmed by .7 degrees, a rate that is 10x faster than has previously been recorded. If the warming continues at this rate it will make the planet inhabitable in a few centuries.
While Exxon Mobil plays lip service to climate change, ironically at a conference literally about oil and money, behind closed doors their lawyers are crafting a plan to deny all wrongdoing. Fret not, however. Tillerson said during his speech at the conference that Exxon Mobil has, since the archaic days of 2006, and will continue to be committed to do “the right thing the right away.” At issue is 40 years of documents, not 10, and the empty rhetoric will surely fall flat as more individuals around the world learn of Exxon Mobil’s villainy.
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.