Exxon urges Trump to stay in Paris climate agreement

ExxonMobil officials told President Donald Trump Tuesday that staying in the Paris climate agreement would reduce climate change and give a boost to natural gas production.

The Paris accord, an agreement signed by President Barack Obama in 2016, is “an effective framework for addressing the risks of climate change,” the oil company wrote in a letter to the president. The deal — forged between nearly 200 countries — aims to keep so-called global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

“It is prudent that the United States remain a party to the Paris agreement to ensure a level playing field, so that global energy markets remain as free and competitive as possible,” Peter Trelenberg, Exxon’s manager for environmental policy, wrote in the letter.

The company’s former CEO, Rex Tillerson, indicated last week that he would support the Paris agreement if Trump can reduce some of the objectives Obama agreed to. The former real estate tycoon turned president made breaking away from the climate agreement a key component of his presidential campaign.

 Tillerson, who now serves as Trump’s secretary of state, believes staying on board with the contentious climate deal could help the country diplomatically. The former Exxon chairman is not the only person in the administration advocating the president stay in the climate agreement.

North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer, for one, said earlier this month that he was “impressed” with White House advisers who believe the agreement is not necessarily dead on arrival. Cramer, a Republican, is one of Trump’s top energy advisers.

The Exxon letter has emerged as Trump prepares to issue a pair of executive orders rolling back several of Obama’s climate policies, especially the so-called Clean Power Plan, which seeks to reduce greenhouse gasses by 30 percent over the next 10 years.

Exxon has given piecemeal pro-carbon tax arguments in the past, but has recently ramped up its call for the tax, especially as pressure mounts for the company to counter environmentalist claims it is contributing to so-called man-made global warming.

Investigations into the company’s history of supposedly hiding climate research is partially the result of a September report on Exxon conducted by InsideClimate News. The outlet’s probes found Exxon had allegedly played fast and loose with information concerning global warming.

InsideClimate News also alleges that Amoco, Phillips, Texaco, Shell, and others joined Exxon in misleading the public about the supposed effects global warming has on sea levels.

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  • Frederick Colbourne

    RE: Exxon urges Trump to stay in Paris climate agreement

    Cui bon. Follow the money. How much was and is Exxon investing in renewable energy?

    • Immortal600

      “How much was and is Exxon investing in renewable energy?”

      Hit that one square on the head! Exactly!!

      • Wayne Peterkin

        Doesn’t matter. Virtually all of our energy companies are involved with research and development of alternative energy sources and that is as it should be. The problem is illegal, unratified, international “agreements” that consume our taxpayer money and redistributes it to other nations as well as companies. What Exxon spends on renewable energy is their business as long as it does not solicit tax money in the process. That’s where a problem may exist.

        • Wally

          But how much in forced taxpayer subsidies does Exxon receive for their ‘investments’ in alternative energies?

          Exxon, the ‘Tesla’ / Elon Musk of energy companies.

          • Wayne Peterkin

            Don’t know the amount, but all companies involved with alternative energy research get government subsidies (which I oppose). However, I would ask you how much is ADM and others getting for ethanol subsidies, which I also oppose? My point is that singling out Exxon isn’t being honest. Exxon or other companies is not the problem. The government is.

      • ONTIME

        According to what I read in the energy consumption articles, EXXON puts about 1% of it’s overall profit toward energy research, this includes alternatives….makes sense eventually we will derive energy from other means and the trick is to keep it safe, affordable and plentiful…

  • Wayne Peterkin

    Exxon is wrong here. We are not bound to ANY international “agreement” that has not been ratified by the Senate. Period. Calling these things “agreements” made by any administration without advice and consent under our constitutional government is flat out wrong, and the Obama admin did this kind of thing routinely. Since we are not legally bound to the Paris “agreement”, we can and should ignore it. There is no question that alternative energy sources are being researched and that energy companies are involved as they should be. But that does not in any way justify us being controlled by an invalid “agreement” with anyone.

  • JC

    Don’t do it —Trump

  • lentil

    A new peer-reviewed paper by Dr. Bjorn Lomborg published in the Global Policy journal measures the actual impact of all significant climate promises made ahead of the Paris Climate Summit. Paris climate promises will reduce temperatures by just 0.05°C in 2100 (Press release).

    Why does the reduction of carbon dioxide result in so little change? The emissions reduction target is literally lost in “the round off” of the huge and growing global wide CO2 emissions increases by the developing nations. The latest 2016 EIA IEO report shows that during the 16 year period between 2004 and 2020 the world’s developing nations (China, India, etc.) will increase their CO2 emissions by more than 9 billion metric tons per year to a total of over 22 billion metric tons per year rendering any state, the US. or the Paris emissions reduction targets as globally irrelevant and demonstrating the absurdity of the program.

    [The result of carbon dioxide reduction programs: De-industrialization, the higher cost of energy for the poor and the middle class

  • ONTIME

    Looks like so far the methane energy market is on top, it is cleaner than all natural sources and far more safe than any other including expensive, subsidized wind and solar…The need to create blame is PC, you don’t need evidence when you have a algore with his slant on consequence, so as long as this nonsense about CO2 goes on why should not EXXON the energy producer not keep it’s nose in the game, why should they not CYA their positions to make sales…it may look like appeasement to some but biz folk are not real interested in driving away their market sales…..You can disagree and if there is weighted reason to oppose the phony Paris Agreement then perhaps EXXON will back away and promote the market for the rational normal…..

  • Bill Hall

    TRASH THE Paris Agreement.The weather people can not predict the temperature for tomorrow, so they can predict 1/2 degree increase 30 years from now.Lets quit wasting time and money. If Exxon thinks we should be in let them pay the Ransom

    • Evan Pallesen

      No. Starve the green beast!

  • geo brecke

    Exxon, Just another Whore. Next they’ll be taking out advertisements on NPR.

  • I do not consider Inside Climate News to be a credible source. They consistently refer to their critics as deniers instead of critics. This is dishonest. I would recommend C-Fact not use them as a trusted source.

  • What’s different about this than joining the EU !?? I don’t see it ! Not only no but hell no deplorables are not a party to any of their climate change global warming sustainability crap! Tell ExxonMobil this “stuff it” , President Trump ! Stuff it European Union ! Stuff it Where the sun don’t shine United Nations ! We will not be a party to your taxation without representation carbon taxes !
    (((ExxonMobil officials told President Donald Trump Tuesday that staying in the Paris climate agreement would reduce climate change and give a boost to natural gas production.)))

  • wally12

    I don’t know for sure but it appears to me that Exxon wants the US to stay connected to the Paris Agreement in the hope that its existence in the agreement will assure that Exxon and other oil and gas companies still have a voice in any international agreements on energy. I am sure that no oil and gas company wants to be eliminated from any other future proposals of the Paris Agreement which convinces the remaining world governments that may agree to a reduction of oil and gas. Therefore, if the US and Trump reject the agreement, they should still demand a voice in the organization to permit veto power or at least a voice in the future proposals.

  • Johnpd

    Above 400ppm, where we are now, CO2’s effect as a greenhouse gas diminishes logarithmically to practically zero. It does, however continue to function as plant food. More CO2, please.
    Book: Heaven and Earth global warming: the missing science by Prof. Ian Plimer. A great book.

    19 min video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-nsU_DaIZE
    Matt Ridley on How Fossil Fuels are Greening the Planet

    There are 3 main agendas behind the war on CO2 & the perverted “environmentalist” movement: Depopulation, deindustrialisation & a Totalitarian World Govt.
    http://www.c3headlines.com
    Click on Quotes.
    Many good graphs & articles also.

  • ExxonMobil CEOs trying to lobby , President Trump The billionair , with their carbon taxing global warming sustainability bullshit science, to set up a third communist world power the failing EU ! The bankrupt EU, and their bankrupting Islamic UN !
    Attempting to real President in with the same lies told to Jesus at the temptation , Satan, “If you bow down and worship me I (Satan) will make you ruler over all you see ” , ! What the hell makes you think a billionair can be bribed with this bullshit when he and the USA stock market already OWN YOU EUROPE !!
    WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND ENGLAND HAS PROVEN THEY NEITHER NEED YOU OR HAVE ANY TIME FOR THIS FALSE CRAP TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION OF THE UNITED STATES ????
    WHAT MAKES YOU THINK SO ExxonMobil ! WE DONT NEED YOU EITHER ! GO STIFLE YOURSELF ON YOUR DAMN FUEL !

  • jreb57

    There is no reason to stay in the Paris agreement.

  • Wally

    The Globe Has Not Been Warming . . . So Why Is It Called ‘Global’ Warming?
    http://principia-scientific.org/globe-not-warming-called-global-warming/

  • Wally