A Warmer, Fuzzier Global Warming ?
The Guardian is reporting that Exxon-Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson recently met with a select group of Wall Street hedge fund managers and analysts to say that the company would “soften” its public image as a company that is seen placing greater importance on its massive profits over international concern about global warming. The use of fossil fuels including oil, gas and coal has a critical role in the release of greenhouse gases into the air which ascerbating global warming and climate change. Exxon-Mobil being one of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies, has an outsized impact on global warming. The company is also widely known to be spending millions of dollars on research to create public doubt about the reality of global warming.
Mr Tillerson, who took over January 2006, is said to have told the meeting of six analysts and four major investors that the company accepted it had a public relations problem.
“We recognise that we need to soften our public image. It is something we are working on,” he told them, according to one of the analysts who attended the discussions.
But Mr Tillerson’s company has not just upset hardcore environmentalists, it has also crossed swords with the Royal Society in Britain which accused it of misrepresenting the science of climate change.
Tillerson and the folks at Exxon must think we are really stupid to be duped by a few fuzzy-wuzzy commericals and print ads. There is a serious need for the U.S. to overcome its addiction to fossil fuels and achieve energy independence. Smart companies are increasingly engaged in developing alternative sources of energy that don’t pollute our planet. Exxon is not one of them.
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