Trump is considering appointing Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his new Secretary of State. This is the Exxon that has known about climate change since the 1970s and funded a massive disinformation campaign. The Exxon currently under investigation by several state attorneys general for potential fraud. The Exxon that pays lip service to sustainability yet continues to explore for new fossil fuel reserves.
What will the world think if our next Secretary of State is the leader of a company suspected of defrauding and endangering generations of Americans — and people around the globe?
Rex Tillerson has denied Exxon’s involvement in silencing climate science and has continued funding groups that block the clean energy transition, such as the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Furthermore, having the CEO of the world’s largest private oil company as Secretary of State will send the message to every country in the world that opposing the oil industry could hurt diplomatic relations with the United States. Trade agreements, climate agreements, global security — every issue could be bent to serve the fossil fuel industry.
Voicing our outrage about climate change denier Myron Ebell brought up serious questions in the public dialogue about his candidacy for head of the EPA. We have to make a lot of noise, quickly, to stop the CEO of Exxon from becoming our next Secretary of State.