Getting To Know Rex Tillerson

Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, listens to a question during a news conference after the shareholders meeting in Dallas, Wednesday, May 30, 2007. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

This is a sad time for the United States. Rex Tillerson, former ExxonMobil CEO and current Russian property, has been sworn in as our Secretary of State. This means there are rough times ahead for virtually every aspect of humanity.

ExxonMobil was responsible for the 1989 disaster off the Prince William Sound of Alaska, when a tanker bound for Long Beach struck a promontory called Bligh Reef ripping a hole in its side.  As a result, nearly 11 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the water, causing permanent and lasting damage to the entire ecosystem. Prior to the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010, this was the worst oil spill of all time. Tillerson became general manager of the central production division of Exxon USA this same year. Six years later, he replaced Lee Raymond as the CEO of the company. The reckless and cavalier attitude of the fossil fuel industry is well known, and it is the ultimate ironic travesty that someone in charge of the company responsible for the second worst man-made climate disaster will now oversee United States diplomacy on climate change.

Rex Tillerson is a person who has negotiated business deals with countries around the world, including some hostile to the United States. He should not under any circumstances be in a position to negotiate interests in matters that he, Russia, and/or Donald Trump all own shares, on behalf of America. Tillerson’s loyalty to the American people doesn’t exist, because his personal and monetary interests lie elsewhere. Tillerson, along with Steven Mnuchin, are the Cabinet picks of Trump that forebode the worst. For example, the day after Tillerson’s appointment, the new administration immediately moved to repeal important coal mining and environmental regulations.

As Secretary of State, Tillerson will have tremendous power to influence climate-related negotiations,  and  help energy firms secure rights to pump fossil fuels overseas. It’s an unparalleled disaster for the country, for mankind, and for the entirety of life on Earth. This appointment is especially unwise at a time when we are trying to hold Russia accountable for its hacking of our election, its war crimes in Syria, its illegal annexation of the Crimea, and so on. The appointment of Tillerson will act as a green light for the forces of old and evil. He represents the old order at its worst- rapacious, thirsty, and rotten to the core.

It is  shameful that our government has allowed itself to be compromised on Tillerson. He is the one person who stands out, even among Trump’s unqualified misfits, as being enthusiastically corrupt and committed to causes bad both for humanity and the environment. Look at a picture of New York City in the 70’s, compared to NYC today, if you’d like a vivid image of just how effective and important environmental regulations have been.

These economic vultures have been waiting a long time to rip open the floodgates and lay waste to every inch of our American land. The Standing Rock pipeline provides another vivid example, as does their assault on  the National Forest system. One thing is now for sure in these uncertain times., We have  the need for a focused and united Democratic opposition. In any conflict, the primary rule of engagement is, as Sun Tzu said,

To know your enemy and know yourself.

Remember the names and faces that surround the new President. They will define his time in office as much as the man himself.


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