Big oil climate appeasement

By |2017-04-06T14:03:30+00:00April 4th, 2017|Climate|3 Comments

ExxonMobil executives recently urged President Trump to break a campaign promise and keep the U.S. in the UN’s disastrous Paris climate agreement.

Secretary of State and former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson agrees with his old colleagues and has said he favors taking the Trump Administration in the same direction.

This would be a huge mistake.

President Trump signed an executive order designed to roll back the Obama Administration’s global warming policies and end its war on energy.  The President’s E.O. makes no mention of the Paris agreement.

But if he’s going to push America toward energy independence, dumping this ill-founded UN agreement is an absolute must.

In recent years, energy companies – Exxon in particular – have been constant targets of Green campaigners.  This often makes them weak-kneed and fearful. They’d like nothing better than to rid themselves of these pesky Green gadflies and improve their image among the elitist media.

To accomplish this, businesses all too often seek to buy off the Greens rather than stand up to them.  Exxon’s position on the UN treaty appears to follow in this ignoble tradition.  Fueling the Greens with corporate credibility and cash is, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, like “feeding a crocodile hoping it’ll eat you last.”

President Trump should see through Exxon’s attempt to “greenwash” away its public relations problems, keep his campaign promise, and free America from the UN climate agreement.


  1. Li D April 5, 2017 at 3:16 AM

    How come Mr Rucker, the sub text in your writing smells so much of fear?
    Why do you fear a bunch of hippies with zero science to back up their loony hippy crap?
    You can EASILY debunk the hippy science cant ya? Piece of piss. Do
    it with your eyes shut.
    As easy as as a geologist can debunk
    a religious crank.
    Why dont ya just blast em with your
    hard science Mr Rucker, instead of
    sounding like a loon conspiracist?

    Li D

  2. Don Bishop April 5, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    ExxonMobil is driven by self interest.

    1) They sell a lot of natural gas, and would prefer that coal be demonized.

    2) They sell gasoline and other petroleum products all over the world in countries which signed the Paris accord; they are positioning themselves as “good citizens of the world.” It is marketing.

  3. Undecider April 6, 2017 at 9:22 PM

    Trump needs to face it. He has no friends, in government.

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