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Finally, The REAL REASON Why Trump Picked Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson AND Why He's Taking a 99% PAY CUT  ;)   

Published on Dec 16, 2016

This Exclusive Report FINALLY Explains the mystery surrounding WHY Trump Picked the filthy-rich CEO of Exxon Mobile Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.

He certainly is not a household name and most American's have never heard of him. Trump who has been selecting mostly loyalists, didn't even know Tillerson previously.

Rachel Maddow explains just how Tillerson made it on Trump's radar and also why Tillerson, who's never worked anywhere but Exxon, would take a job that's offering a 99% PAY DECREASE.

This is an extremely tangled web which only Rachel could properly navigate through. It's FASCINATING information that everyone should be aware of. Great Reporting.

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December 23, 2016

Canadian PM Trudeau Signals He'll Work with Trump to Restart Keystone XL  :P  >:(

DeSmog Blog's Steve Horn says the move would be an environmental and ecological disaster


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=18009

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January 3, 2017

Oil, Arms and Militant Wahhabism is the Basis of US-Saudi Relationship (1/2)

Medea Benjamin and Paul Jay examine how 115 billion dollars in recent US arms sales and a dictatorship that helps dominate the oil rich region is the reason for the lasting "friendship"


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Agelbert translation of the following news: Exxon Mobil, Tillerson agree to sell we-the-people the Brooklyn Bridge.




Wed Jan 4, 2017 | 11:39am EST

Exxon Mobil, Tillerson agree to cut all ties

http://www.marketbeat.com/stories.aspx?story=http%3a%2f%2ffeeds.reuters.com%2f%7er%2freuters%2fbusinessNews%2f%7e3%2fslltHMJMv_s%2fus-exxon-mobil-tillerson-idUSKBN14O08N



The NEW Exxon US Foreign Policy: Today the USA, tomorrow DA WOID! 



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January 4, 2017

Oil, Arms and Militant Wahhabism is the Basis of US-Saudi Relationship (2/2)


Medea Benjamin and Paul Jay discuss how Trump and Pence will look for ways to weaken Iran by abrogating the nuclear deal, reimposing sanctions, and a possible military attack all in alliance with Israel and Saudi Arabia.

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Tillerson Confirmation Hearings: USA! USA! Oil good! Climate Change ho-hum...

I listened to and watched nearly 4 HOURS of the C-SPAN Tillerson Confirmation Hearings. Our Senators mostly live in an alternate universe where flag waving propaganda about how the US giving aid to all those corrupt countries that abuse our infinite kindness and good intentions is so sad and we have so many enemies and we have to stop terrorism and, interspersed with the occasional concern about whether Tillerson will go after Russia even if Exxon has control of land in Russia the size of Wyoming is, some mild climate change concerns. It's great gallows humor if you like that sort of thing.  :P

Tillerson must have trained fossil fuel industry propagandists liars on public discourse!  I've gotta admit, the guy dances with the best liars around. His body language when Chad came up was the give away that he was nervous. They didn't press him on that DELIBERATE interference against US policy to GUARANTEE Exxon/Chad Dictator sponsored CORRUPTION and Resource theft (of course  ;)).

All that said, he WILL help keep the crazies in Congress from trying to nuke Russia in order to enable the fossil fuel industry corrupted US Government to finish the destructive degradation of the biosphere...

But, hey, it will take longer to overheat than to die from being nuked, right?

Count your blessings, fellow Homo SAPS!   

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Finally, The REAL REASON Why Trump Picked Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson AND Why He's Taking a 99% PAY CUT  ;)   

Published on Dec 16, 2016

This Exclusive Report FINALLY Explains the mystery surrounding WHY Trump Picked the filthy-rich CEO of Exxon Mobile Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.

He certainly is not a household name and most American's have never heard of him. Trump who has been selecting mostly loyalists, didn't even know Tillerson previously.

Rachel Maddow explains just how Tillerson made it on Trump's radar and also why Tillerson, who's never worked anywhere but Exxon, would take a job that's offering a 99% PAY DECREASE.

This is an extremely tangled web which only Rachel could properly navigate through. It's FASCINATING information that everyone should be aware of. Great Reporting.



Agelbert NOTE: Unfortunately, since I posted this on my forum back in December 22, the above video has been, uh, made unavailable due to copyright and third party and (you get the idea).

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Tillerson Confirmation Hearings: USA! USA! Oil good! Climate Change ho-hum...

I listened to and watched nearly 4 HOURS of the C-SPAN Tillerson Confirmation Hearings. Our Senators mostly live in an alternate universe where flag waving propaganda about how the US giving aid to all those corrupt countries that abuse our infinite kindness and good intentions is so sad and we have so many enemies and we have to stop terrorism and, interspersed with the occasional concern about whether Tillerson will go after Russia even if Exxon has control of land in Russia the size of Wyoming is, some mild climate change concerns. It's great gallows humor if you like that sort of thing.  :P

Tillerson must have trained Mking on public discourse!  :evil4: I've gotta admit, the guy dances with the best liars around. His body language when Chad came up was the give away that he was nervous. They didn't press him on that DELIBERATE interference against US policy to GUARANTEE Exxon/Chad Dictator sponsored CORRUPTION and Resource theft (of course  ;))).

All that said, he WILL help keep the crazies in Congress from trying to nuke Russia in order to enable the fossil fuel industry corrupted US Government to finish the destructive degradation of the biosphere...

But, hey, it will take longer to overheat than to die from being nuked, right?

Count your blessings, fellow Homo SAPS!   

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3018

Finally, The REAL REASON Why Trump Picked Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson AND Why He's Taking a 99% PAY CUT  ;)   

Published on Dec 16, 2016

This Exclusive Report FINALLY Explains the mystery surrounding WHY Trump Picked the filthy-rich CEO of Exxon Mobile Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.

He certainly is not a household name and most American's have never heard of him. Trump who has been selecting mostly loyalists, didn't even know Tillerson previously.

Rachel Maddow explains just how Tillerson made it on Trump's radar and also why Tillerson, who's never worked anywhere but Exxon, would take a job that's offering a 99% PAY DECREASE.

This is an extremely tangled web which only Rachel could properly navigate through. It's FASCINATING information that everyone should be aware of. Great Reporting.



Agelbert NOTE: Unfortunately, since I posted this on my forum back in December 22, the above video has been, uh, made unavailable due to copyright and third party and (you get the idea).
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January 12, 2017

Tillerson Would Conduct U.S. Foreign Policy on Behalf of Oil and Natural Gas Interests 

The Former ExxonMobil CEO has failed to demonstrate he would recuse himself from decisions that would affect his former employer, and he also does not grasp the urgency of climate change, says Jamie Henn and Antonia Juhasz  .


biography

Jamie Henn is a co-founder and strategy and communications director of 350.org, an international climate. He has helped lead 350.org's fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, their work supporting the growing fossil fuel divestment campaign, and their past international days of climate action, which have brought together more than 20,000 demonstrations in over 182 countries around the world. He recently coordinated communications efforts for the recent People's Climate March, which brought over 400,000 people to the streets of New York City and garnered over 6,000 news articles and front pages worldwide. He is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, a regular contributor to news outlets such as MSNBC, Huffington Post, and the Progressive, and the co-author of Fight Global Warming Now.

Antonia Juhasz is a leading energy analyst, author, and investigative journalist specializing in oil. An award-winning writer, her articles appear in Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Harper's Magazine, The Atlantic, CNN.com among others. Juhasz is the author of three books: Black Tide (2011), The Tyranny of Oil (2008), and The Bush Agenda (2006).



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KIM BROWN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Kim Brown in Baltimore.

   Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson is testifying in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday for his appointment as Secretary of State.

   Now, Tillerson spent over 40 years at ExxonMobil and has never served in public office before. Controversial issues around Tillerson's appointment include his position on climate change and on his relationship with Russia. During his opening statement Tillerson addressed Russia, an issue about which many Republicans have expressed concern.

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TILLERSON: Russia today poses a danger, but it is not unpredictable in advancing its own interest. It has invaded the Ukraine, including the taking of Crimea. It supported Syrian forces that brutally violates the laws of war. Our NATO allies are right to be alarmed at a resurgent Russia.
(end video clip)

KIM BROWN: Also, sporadic protests broke out during the hearing which protesters raised ExxonMobil's record on derailing climate change negotiations.

PROTESTERS: (chanting) Hey hey, ho ho! Tillerson has got to go! Hey hey, ho ho! Tillerson has got to go!

KIM BROWN: Joining us to talk about the Tillerson hearings are Antonia Juhasz and Jamie Henn.

   Antonia is a leading energy analyst. She's also an author and investigative journalist specializing in oil. She's also an award-winning writer. Her articles appear in Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Harper's, The Atlantic and more.

   Jamie is the Communications Director and the Co-founder of 350.org, which is one of the main grassroots climate movements fighting for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Thank you, Antonia and Jamie, for joining us today.

ANTONIA JUHASZ: Thanks for having us.

JAMIE HENN: Good to be with you.


KIM BROWN: Antonia, let's start with you because, as mentioned in my introduction, Russia has been one of the main issues during this hearing and you recently wrote an in-depth analysis for In These Times in which you take a close look at Tillerson's connections to Russia. So tell us a little bit about these connections and how they could influence U.S. foreign policy towards Russia.

ANTONIA JUHASZ: Yeah, absolutely. And the article is actually a broad scope piece, it's 5,000 words that goes into many of the reasons why I believe and the title is that "Rex Tillerson Could Be America's Most Dangerous Secretary of State."

Look, Russia is a good example because it demonstrates Exxon's commitment to oil above any and all other concerns. And so Tillerson negotiated deals with Russia whereby ExxonMobil now has five times more holdings in Russia than it does in the United States, and the United States are its second largest holdings. And a large chunk of those holdings are in the Russian Arctic. And this was a huge big deal for Tillerson to sign these agreements with Rosneft the Russian state-controlled oil company. And that was because Tillerson, who'd just retired from Exxon, is leaving the company in worse shape than he found it. And one of the things that he needs to prop it up is access to more oil and he got that oil in Russia. But then President Obama put in place sanctions against Russia for the incursion in Crimea and those sanctions make it impossible for Exxon to take advantage of a lot of those Russian operations.

And those operations are problematic for a lot of reasons, one of which is they're in the Russian Arctic. And, in the United States, President Obama put in place a virtual ban on drilling in most of the U.S. Arctic, or a full ban on drilling in most of the U.S. Arctic, and the Canadians put in place a full ban on drilling in the Arctic. Because this is an area that pretty much everyone can agree, if we're going to start keeping oil in the ground a good place to do it is in one of the most treacherous, difficult to get to environments in the world where communities that live around the Arctic are deeply dependent on the resources they get from it. But this is an area where Tillerson is eager to get drilling and to get access to resources, and to get access to those resources he's formed a very firm partnership with the Russians. And, of course, as you say, many Republicans, in particular, have extreme problems with that relationship.

KIM BROWN: Jamie, today Tillerson deflected any concerns that he would go after anyone currently working for the State Department that had been involved in climate change or gender equity programs and discussions. But talk about the case against Exxon, on their previous science-based knowledge of the effects of their oil and gas activities on extreme climate change and what role Tillerson played.

JAMIE HENN: Sure. Well, it's good to see Senator Tim Kaine and others today really begin to grill Rex Tillerson about Exxon's history of climate denial. Last year, reports came out that Exxon scientists knew about climate change since the 1970s, but then CEOs at the company went on to cover up the truth and fund front groups that were spreading misinformation. And that practice was really in place during the 1990s but it continued under Tillerson.

Tillerson has said some things about climate change, saying he acknowledges the threat but continued to fund front groups like The American Petroleum Institute, ALEC and others who are spreading misinformation. When he was grilled on that, Tillerson basically said, "I can't talk about it. I refuse to because I no longer work at ExxonMobil."

This is a guy whose only job in his adult life has been working at Exxon. He was there for over 41 years. He was there as of only a couple of weeks ago. For him to not talk about the company's track record of spreading misinformation, the role that it played in delaying climate change and the role that it continues to play in blocking progress is really problematic.

So I think that now, Rex, yes, he said that climate change is real. He's still spreading the same misinformation and doubt and delay that Exxon has been doing for years and it's another reason why he's not qualified to be Secretary of State.

KIM BROWN: Antonia, Rex Tillerson or T-Rex as his friends call him, is reportedly worth over $400 million. So why do you think he wants the job of Secretary of State? It really doesn't pay as good as CEO.

ANTONIA JUHASZ: It's an excellent question that I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to answer. He is right now ranked as one of the most powerful men in the world by Forbes. And he ranks significantly higher on that list than does President Obama, and our current Secretary of State doesn't even appear on the list. So why would he want this job?

One is the problem that I posed at the beginning which is, as Jamie said, Rex Tillerson has worked at ExxonMobil his entire adult life, as have most executives there. The company is often referred to by those who work there as "Mother Exxon". They have a tight connection to this company, it's described often by executives of other companies as a cult. It's very insular and they have a deep belief in the success of Exxon and their ties to it.

And when Tillerson was being grilled in this hearing, by the way, he had a very difficult time deviating when asked about things. For example, "Is there any country in the world you wouldn't work with because of its human rights record, when you were CEO of Exxon?" The only answers he could give were business-based answers. Because ExxonMobil has worked with just about every dictator in the world and still does.

But he's very tied to this company, and I think one of the answers to your question is that he faced force retirement this year. He turns 65 in March, he was going to have to retire in March, instead he retired in January. Also, he has business he wants to still see accomplished. He doesn't want to leave Exxon, I believe, in worse shape than when he found it, which is where it is right now. He has financial ties to the company. They worked out a deal where he wouldn't be able to invest in Exxon for 10 years. But 10 years in the life of an oil company is a short amount of time. So that means that in 10 years he's fully allowed to put his wealth back into Exxon. And, as you say, he's getting this big $180 million payout.

   The Bush administration, which Exxon has deep ties to, has come out in full force in support of Rex Tillerson. George Bush, himself, contacted Senator Corker, who's the head of the Confirmation Committee. We've had Dick Cheney, we've had Condoleeza Rice, we've had Gates, we've had Hadley -- they've all come out and said, "Tillerson needs this job." That's deeply worrying. And what it says to me is that the Republican establishment and, in particular, the Republican oil establishment, doesn't trust Donald Trump.

And I think that Rex Tillerson is going to be their man in charge. And that he'll be there to make sure that Trump does what needs to be done from this perspective. And we've seen what the combination of Bush administration plus oil interests, or Bush administration and oil interests, has done to the world and in the world. And, of course, the Iraq War, which we're still suffering the consequences of, and of which ExxonMobil was one of the biggest victors, is one of those clear outcomes. The Bush administration had Iran next in its sights, as does the Trump administration -- and that makes me deeply concerned about what the agenda of Rex Tillerson will be if he gets confirmed as Secretary of State.

KIM BROWN: Jamie, under ethics rules, he will probably have divest of his millions of dollars of stock in ExxonMobil. So do you think there will still be a conflict of interest with the oil lobby interest if he gets the job?

JAMIE HENN: Yeah, most definitely. I will say when we started the fossil fuel divestment campaign, we never quite pictured the CEO of ExxonMobil divesting from his own company. But, obviously, it doesn't actually help us in any way.

It was interesting at the hearing, when Tillerson was pushed this morning about whether or not after a year, where he's prevented from directly being in contact with Exxon and collaborating with them in any way, if he'd continue to separate that and recuse himself from decisions that affect ExxonMobil, he refused to say so. And, in a way, it would be impossible for him to do so. Exxon has tentacles all over the world, as Antonia said, they're wrapped up in foreign policy from war in the Middle East to the work that they've done in Africa to human rights violations in Indonesia -- this is a company that operates around the world often, working with brutal dictatorships to get at their resources.

So the idea that the Secretary of State could somehow separate that agenda from the agenda of this company is just unbelievable -- especially when you take into account Tillerson's long history at ExxonMobil, and as Antonia said, the way that the company infuses this ideology of the way that the world should work.

You know, Steve Cole's long book on Exxon, the definitive history of the company was called "Private Empire" for a reason. This is a company that sees itself as above the law. Their previous CEO Lee Raymond(?) said very explicitly that they don't see themselves as an American company, but they see themselves as representing the interest of ExxonMobil and ExxonMobil alone. So there's no evidence that Tillerson would do anything else when he was Secretary of State. And when it comes to the climate that's incredibly damaging.

He had a chance today to try and assure Democratic senators, to try and assure the public that some of the rhetoric that Exxon has put out on climate change, saying it's a threat, saying action needs to take place, wasn't just icing on the cake or window dressing or greenwash, but was something serious that the company was taking into account. He did the opposite. He basically said, "My views are different than ExxonMobil's. I have some concerns but I'm not sure if human activity is causing climate change. I don't know what the impacts are going to be." If anything, he went more back into climate denial than the company had been previously talking about.

So this is all incredibly concerning and, again, I think it reinforces the role that Exxon has played for a long time, which is continuing to spread misinformation, continuing to sow doubt in the public. And that's especially egregious considering how long they've known about climate change and how long they've been very clear that their product is at the root of this crisis, just like cigarettes were causing cancer. This is going to come back and have serious consequences this company in the future if Senators can continue to do their job and really push Tillerson the rest of today and, hopefully into the future, on the connections between what Exxon knew about climate change and the way that they continue to lie to the American people about the crisis.

KIM BROWN: So, Jamie, in the Tillerson hearing today, on Wednesday, he said that he supported a carbon tax as a solution to climate change. But it was about his role if he were to get the job as Secretary of State. So does this surprise you? And what would you have liked the Senators to have asked him vis-à-vis the legal case against Exxon led by the Attorney General from New York State, Eric Schneiderman, over what Exxon knew and whether it properly disclosed the risk of climate change to shareholders and investors and to the public at large?

JAMIE HENN: Well, I think the Senate needs to do a much better job of really grilling Tillerson and the company. I mean, we should get the new CEO of ExxonMobil in front of a senate committee. We've long said that Exxon and Rex Tillerson, in particular, deserve a federal investigation, not a congressional appointment or a cabinet appointment.

So, no, we need to see much more of an interrogation of this company and what's taking place. That said, when it comes to the carbon price and Exxon's supposed leadership on this issue, it's important to actually look at the record. Exxon only came out in favor of a carbon price when the Cap and Trade Bill looked like it was going to move through the Senate during Obama's first term. They did so, in order to get a seat at the table so that they could weaken the Cap and Trade legislation. And, in fact, they put forward a carbon price very explicitly as a contrast to Cap and Trade to help undermine the potential of that legislation to move forward.

As Antonio's written about and pointed out well, ExxonMobil's core business right now is, especially in the United States, natural gas, fracking and light crude that's they've always been in. And a very low price on carbon would actually help ExxonMobil by driving coal out of the market, replacing it with natural gas, but not making a price on carbon too high so that Exxon's business actually suffered.

So as usual, this is a plan to help ExxonMobil, it is not a serious plan to address climate change. And that's the real worry with someone like Tillerson who admits climate change is real, but then proposes these false solutions that would actually only get us further into the crisis.

KIM BROWN: Antonia, Hillary Clinton came under fire for promoting fracking abroad while she was Secretary of State under President Barack Obama and helping to push through Mexican offshore oil drilling opening it up for U.S. drilling companies. So how do you think his role as Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, that is, will affect U.S. interests at home and abroad and will it just be more of the same?

ANTONIA JUHASZ: I'm unable to articulate the difference between Rex Tillerson and Hillary Clinton. So, you know, Clinton did have ties with the oil industry and did perpetuate a fracking model and did work to see fracking open up in countries abroad. Rex Tillerson's only mindset is oil and natural gas. And there is a quote that I have in my article from a vice-president at ExxonMobil in 2008 under Tillerson, and he said in a hearing before Congress about the pursuit of alternative energy, he said, "The pursuit of alternative energy should not, in any way, dissuade from or interrupt or disrupt the pursuit of oil and gas." And I think that you can basically fill in any concept that we would expect of a just Secretary of State and fill in alternative energy with that phrase. So the pursuit of peace, the pursuit of human rights, the pursuit of equality -- and oil and gas really just have to take precedent.

And I think that that is the mindset of Rex Tillerson, and I think in the questions during the hearing this also came out. I think he was asked, for example, about sanctions. And the first thing he had to say about sanctions was, "Well, sanctions are bad for U.S. business." And I believe it was Senator Menendez who was doing the questioning and he said, "Well, actually, the sanctions, the objective is a foreign policy objective, a human rights objective." And he said, "Well, you know, it may have those other objectives," Tillerson said, "But it does hurt U.S. business." And his framework and his answer to almost every single question was through the eyes of a CEO, which is who he is and what he had been doing until 11 days ago. And the CEO of the world's largest oil company and the oldest major oil company, as well, because, of course, ExxonMobil is the direct descendant and largest descendant of Standard Oil.

And I interviewed, in this article, a human rights lawyer who is the lawyer who's been fighting a case in which Rex Tillerson is named. And Tillerson is named in this case which alleges that the Indonesian military turned into private security under the employ of ExxonMobil engaged in serious human rights abuses including murder, including torture, including sexual assault and that this took place from 2000 to 2004. And the complaint names Rex Tillerson in his role as President of ExxonMobil within that suit. And I don't know what's going to happen with that case or what Rex Tillerson may or may not be charged with.

I do think the fact that the company, however, does not argue that the human rights abuses did not occur; rather argues that the company should not be liable for them. And the fact that ExxonMobil under Tillerson continues to work with Angola and Equatorial Guinea, all around the world, shows us that there is one objective -- and that is oil and natural gas. And that that objective is deeply problematic right now for a number of reasons, just one of which is that most scientists in the world agree that at least 80% of fossil fuels need to stay in the ground if we're going to avert the worst of climate catastrophe.

And Rex Tillerson, when he talks about climate change, uses very particular language.      He talks about risk -- the risks of climate change. And that puts climate change as a problem into the future. It ignores the fact that some 400,000 people a year are already estimated to be dying right now because of climate change. So if his full agenda -- and one that I believe he thinks is certainly good for business, and maybe even good for the United States -- is the pursuit of oil and gas that that will make the deals that Hillary Clinton made look like small change when you add, not only that oil and natural gas will be the full agenda of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, but then he'll be the Secretary of State for Donald Trump's presidency, those two things in combination... oh, and with Bolton as his Undersecretary of State, that should make us all very concerned.     

KIM BROWN: Indeed. That's Antonia Juhasz a leading energy analyst, also investigative journalist and author. We've also been joined with Jamie Henn, Communications Director and Co-Founder of 350.org. We've been discussing the Senate Confirmation Hearings of former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson and his bid to be confirmed as the next Secretary of State under President-elect Donald Trump. Thank you both for joining us.

ANTONIA JUHASZ: Thank you.

JAMIE HENN: Thanks a lot.

KIM BROWN: And thank you for watching The Real News Network.


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CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON THE CONFIRMATION HEARING OF REX TILLERSON
January 11, 2017

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement on the confirmation hearing of Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of State:

“#RexTillersonKnew.”

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/1/13/1620274/-Congressman-Ted-Lieu-issues-one-word-statement-on-Rex-Tillerson-s-confirmation-hearing

GREAT Comments! 


PRESSmUP
Jan 13 · 07:05:54 PM
 
Sorry….there are just too many different things flying about to pin down to just one item…knew what?

Milkmaid  PRESSmUP

Jan 13 · 09:24:45 PM 
 
I'm thinking 1) knew about climate change, 2) knew Russia hacked us, 3) knew Trump was in Putin's pocket.

Xonic  Milkmaid
Jan 14 · 02:33:47 AM
 
...and 4) Is in Putins pocket himself.

TRPChicago  PRESSmUP
Jan 13 · 11:03:03 PM 
 
At his hearings, Tillerson said he didn’t know a number of things on a number of topics he should have been aware of or at least briefed on. Especially Exxon activities and policies when he was its CEO.

He didn’t know about too many things.  ;)


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Jan 14 · 01:25:09 AM 
 
well he was only CEO, so you know, he doesn’t know every little detail that goes on at Exxon.

But everything good that happened was his fault and he did know about it and he should get a big fat bonus for it.
 
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Jan 14 · 01:56:38 AM 
 
That’s called the Trump rule, isn’t it??  ;D

rktect  squarewheel
Jan 14 · 05:23:41 AM
 
We could think of confirmation hearings as a second or third round final job interview, or the sort of a PHD defense that qualifies a person to be considered worthy of a doctorate in academia.

We might ask Tillerson as the crux of his final exam in engineering.

“You have stated for the record that you are an engineer. When you are hiring people we expect you apply your engineering experience and are looking to test whether the candidates can defend a proposed solution in a way that passes or fails your analysis.

You might on the one hand observe that there are many positive aspects to a proposed engineering solution, but if in the end you run the numbers and it fails to carry the required load don’t you have to reject it, and the candidate that failed to properly defend it?

Wouldn’t you agree, that here when we ask you questions, and you respond you don’t know, you are failing to carry the load we expect of a successful solution?”

Slashpot  rktect
Jan 14 · 02:24:15 PM 
 
I hadn’t realized how these confirmation hearings work. I am stupefied! They ask a bunch of questions which basically amount to “Are you an evil person?”, Will you use your position to enrich yourself?”, and so on. How devilishly clever! This process will absolutely catch out any honest man, no doubt about it! What could possibly go wrong?

I must admit I did find it a tad humorous that to get a pass from these brilliant & perspicacious  ;) seekers of truth  ;D, one has to disavow any agreement with Trump’s stated policies.


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$135 billion reasons Rex Tillerson is wrong

 By Lukas Ross, opinion contributor - 01/17/17 03:20 PM EST 

It happened about four hours into Rex Tillerson’s marathon confirmation hearing on Wednesday. Senator Jeanne Shaheen

 (D-N.H.) was grilling the former ExxonMobil CEO and Secretary of State nominee about the billions in subsidies the oil industry receives every year — and his answer left much to be desired.

I’m not aware of anything the fossil fuel industry gets that I would characterize as a subsidy,” he said.
Rather it is simply an application of the tax code.”

Even If we give Tillerson the benefit of the doubt, his comment is still somewhere between a gross mischaracterization and a bald-faced lie. The truth is that the fossil fuel industry has enjoyed over a hundred years of special interest subsidies, and if nothing changes the bill for the next decade could reach $135 billion.

The biggest and most expensive of these giveaways are part of the tax code  >:(, which is probably why Tillerson   wants to pretend they don’t exist.


Take a century-old goodie like the deduction for intangible drilling costs. This allows companies like ExxonMobil to immediately reduce their taxable income by the cost of developing an oil well. Almost all other long lasting assets like these are required to deduct capital costs slowly over their useful life.

But not oil wells. The result is hundreds of millions in deferred taxes over decades. This amounts to an interest free loan for billions of dollars to Exxon from the federal government.

Are they giving those to you and me? There isn’t another way to describe this except as a subsidy. And it isn’t cheap either: intangible drilling costs are projected to cost U.S. taxpayers $2.3 billion next year alone.  


 

Not only are these tax breaks real, but recent research indicates that they are essential to Big Oil’s future profits. Without state and federal subsidies, a recent report from the Stockholm Environment Institute shows that as much as 20 billion barrels of oil would stay in the ground, and as much as half of future U.S. oil production would be unprofitable. Exxon itself is expected to rake in between $700 million and a billion this year alone.

The horror is that if Tillerson becomes Secretary of State, he could bring his self-serving definition of what counts as a subsidy to international forums. He would have the ability to undermine the G20, which committed to a phaseout of fossil fuel subsidies in 2009 thank to U.S. leadership. You have to ask, what happens to this pledge if suddenly our chief diplomat is a lifetime oilman who denies that U.S. oil subsidies even exist?

Nothing that Tillerson said yesterday was comforting to anyone concerned about climate change. He refused to give a straight answer about decades of funding for climate denial after Exxon’s own models confirmed what was happening. And he pulled from patently false denier talking points by claiming that our ability to predict its effects were “very limited.”

Climate change is real, Exxon knew about it, and yes, we can predict its effects.
Fossil fuel subsidies are real, they drive investment decisions, and yes, we can count the costs to taxpayers and the climate.

If you want to be Secretary of State, believing both of these things needs to be a given. Any Senator who votes to confirm Rex Tillerson is voting to confirm a climate denier.

Lukas Ross is a campaigner or Friends of the Earth U.S. Climate and Energy.

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/energy-environment/314634-135-billion-reasons-rex-tillerson-is-wrong
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Fossil Fuels Ghazal
Caroylne Wright

                “Let’s give earth time enough to tell the whole truth.”
                    —Mahmoud Darwish


Quote
Does everything depend upon the price of oil?
 How much will we consumers spend upon the price of oil?

 How many economists must we call
 to change a light bulb or expound upon the price of oil?

 Whose fortunes rise, whose fortunes fall
 when cartels get their hands upon the price of oil?

 Shaherazad spun her life’s thread, tale by tale,
 where a thousand nights’ lamps flamed upon the price of oil.

 Mad Ahab went down raging with the Great White Whale
 whose cool, spermaceti-bathed brain turned upon the price of oil.

 Soothsayers of the future!  Speak to us now—tell
 which nations will expand upon the price of oil.

 The Baghdad Caliphate collapsed.  The true heir?  Will
 he touch his forehead to the sand upon the price of oil?

 Routed from Kuwait, the crazed fake-general
 torched the wells:  Hell’s wand upon the price of oil.

 Our Babel’s towers toppled, our flaming chariots fell
 into 9/11’s pall—they met their ends upon the price of oil.

 No photos of the War Department’s burning wall?
No comment: nothing to amend upon the price of oil.

No Blood for Oil! Cries rose from every capital
 before the rockets’ red glare could land upon the price of oil.

 The hunt for weapons? Mushroom clouds? Were mobile
 labs or yellow cake ever found upon the price of oil?

 Doctors of truth! Why do you spin like dervishes, hurl
 distracting repetends upon the price of oil?

Which leaders lie, which leaders smile,
 and fix the facts around the price of oil?

 Who prophesies and who denies the clouds shall
 part, the Son of Man descend upon the price of oil?

 Shall we hurry up the Last Days?  Shall the final
 trumpets sound upon the price of oil?

 Darwish wrote, “Let’s give earth time enough to tell
 the whole truth”—if truth not bend upon the price of oil

 Darwish and Bly, Carruth and Dove, Forché, Hamill, Wright and Bell . . .
 What poet doesn’t want these wars to end upon the price of oil?



Audio at link:

http://www.truthdig.com/arts_culture/item/poet_asks_does_everything_depend_upon_price_oil_her_fossil_fuels_20170118

 
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Trump Administration  Scrubs Mentions of Climate and Renewables From White House Website

“The requested page ‘/energy/climate-change’ could not be found.”

by Julian Spector 
 January 20, 2017

A change has come to Whitehouse.gov.

Immediately after Donald Trump assumed the office of president Friday, the presidential URL changed. Where there once was "Energy," now there is "An America First Energy Plan." And where there once was a climate action plan, now there is no mention of it.

The social cost of carbon -- gone. The Clean Power Plan -- gone.

The vestigial page titles still appear in a Google search, but the links lead nowhere.

During and after the election, Trump had spoken derisively of federal efforts to combat climate change, but had also signaled a willingness to embrace renewables as a domestically produced energy source and jobs driver. After months of speculation about how Trump would act toward clean energy once in office, the administration has clearly signaled its intent to erase President Barack Obama's clean energy policies.

The Obama-era website lives on here, so the content itself will not be lost. The scrubbing, though, indicates that the peaceful transition of power need not coincide with a continuity of facts.

Instead, the America First Energy Plan lays out a new course: "President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule."

Right there, as explicitly as it can be written: The Trump administration plans to kill Obama's climate policies. And it starts with the website.

A search within the site for the phrase "climate change" turns up one page, a biography of former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower. The article references the climate of San Antonio, as well as the word "changes" in a non-climatic context.

The new plan also asserts the value of domestic energy production: "In addition to being good for our economy, boosting domestic energy production is in America’s national security interest." The policy lists the domestic energy sources that qualify: shale, oil, natural gas and coal.

Clean coal technology, which is only just beginning to prove itself at commercial scale, gets a shout-out. But renewables, which accounted for the majority of new energy capacity added last year, don't earn a mention.

While declaring a need to develop energy at home and cast off the nation's dependence on oil cartel OPEC, the statement also makes an ominous reference to expansion abroad: "At the same time, we will work with our Gulf allies to develop a positive energy relationship as part of our anti-terrorism strategy." This presages a strategy of fossil-fuel exploration not just at home, but overseas, replacing Paris treaty climate commitments with help for new drilling.

Even basic landing pages for White House organizational divisions have disappeared. Try searching for the Council on Environmental Quality or the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Meanwhile, the landing page for Statements and Releases from the Press Office has gone blank, so a casual reader won't stumble upon any mentions of the danger of climate change or the jobs created by the clean energy industry while scrolling back through the archives.

The website of the Environmental Protection Agency, which crafted the CPP, had not been touched as of this writing.

Clean energy industry groups are gearing up to pitch wind and solar as major job creators. They'll have their work cut out for them to even gain recognition in the new president's energy policy.

https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/trump-administration-scrubbed-mentions-of-climate-change
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This time it’s the Big Sky State of Montana that’s in the TRUMP crosshairs.

A proposal by Trump’s Bureau of Land Management stands to let Cloud Peak Energy , one of the largest coal companies in the United States, strip mine more than 2,000 acres at the company’s Spring Creek mine.

The mining would occur right along Montana’s Tongue River, a vital tributary to the Yellowstone River and within miles of the historic Rosebud Battlefield.

What’s worse is that Cloud Peak expects to export coal from its Spring Creek mine overseas.


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Agelbert Note: The Fossil Fuel Industry Fascist POS POTUS STRIKES AGAIN!

Trump puts EPA's ethanol program on ice

By John Siciliano • 1/24/17 2:15 PM

SNIPPET:

The Environmental Protection Agency's renewable fuel program faces a temporary freeze as President Trump's regulatory chill kicks in this week.
 
The Trump administration will use that time to review the regulations and decide if any further action is warranted based on an executive order Trump signed after being sworn in as the 45th president on Friday, according to a notice that the EPA's acting administrator, Catherine McCabe, issued late Monday.
 
McCabe lists the fuel program among 30 regulations, issued from Oct. 28 to Jan. 17, that Trump has ordered the agency to freeze temporarily by delaying them all by one month.
 
"The temporary delay in effective dates until March 21, 2017, is necessary to give agency officials the opportunity for further review and consideration of new regulations," a pre-publication copy of the notice reads. The notice will be published in Thursday's Federal Register as a final rule.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-puts-epas-ethanol-program-on-ice/article/2612836


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Jan. 24, 2017 7:16 pm

Where The Kochs Are Influencing Trump The Most


Alex Kotch PhD, Investigative Journalist. The Koch brothers refused to support Trump in the election, but now it looks like the band of billionaires are ready to work together to screw the American people. Alex Kotch reported at Alternet that so far, fully one-third of the Trump team has ties to the Koch brothers. But where does it look like the Kochs are trying to influence Trump the most? The Koch Brothers are Smiling... 

http://www.thomhartmann.com/bigpicture/where-kochs-are-influencing-trump-most


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