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Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil CEO
He also addressed fears associated with drilling techniques and oil dependency

ExxonMobil's CEO defended oil and gas drilling by saying that climate change is something humans can adapt to.

Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil CEO, said issues like climate change, energy dependence and oil/gas drilling are blown out of proportion. He blames a lazy press, illiterate public and fear-mongering advocacy groups for the bad light placed on the oil industry.

Climate change is a controversial topic that has been subjected to much debate. Tillerson said that fossil fuels may cause global warming, but argued that humans can easily adapt to the warmer climate. More specifically, he said that humans can adapt to rising sea levels and climate changes because he doubts the validity of climate modeling, which predicts the magnitude of impact associated with climate change.

"We have spent our entire existence adapting," said Tillerson. "We'll adapt. It's an engineering problem and there will be an engineering solution."

Others, however, disagree with Tillerson's assessment. Andrew Weaver, chairman of climate modeling and analysis at Canada's University of Victoria, said that adapting to climate change would be much harder than just preventing it in the first place.

In addition, adapting to climate change could be much more expensive than preventing it. According to Steve Coll, author of "Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power," adapting to climate change would require moving entire cities. A better alternative would be legislation that slows the process of global warming.

An example of such a measure is the proposed fuel standards for 2017-2025, which will require automakers to create vehicles capable of 54.5 MPG by 2025. The effort aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lessen the country's dependency on foreign oil. These standards will cost the auto industry $157.3 billion and add an extra $2,000 to the sticker price of new autos, but it will save consumers $1.7 trillion at the gas pump.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will finalize the fuel efficiency standards by the end of July 2012. Such measures could hit ExxonMobil's wallet with less gas used.

Tillerson also addressed the topic of consequences related to oil/gas drilling techniques, saying that drilling will always present possible risks like spills and accidents. But he mentioned that such risks are manageable and worth the end result, which is the energy provided.

Tillerson also said that drilling in shale formations doesn't pose life-threatening risks to those living nearby. However, drilling mixes millions of gallons of water with sand and chemicals that creates drilling wastewater. If this water is not treated, it can contaminate drinking water through cracked drilling pipes.

Tillerson also mentioned his problem with views on oil dependency. He said that there will always be access to oil, and that it doesn't matter where the U.S. gets oil because it is priced globally. Tillerson added that the U.S. only receiving oil from North America would still increase gas prices in the U.S. because it would cause a "disruption" in the Middle East.

Source: The Hook

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RE: Talk about BS
By jeffkro on 6/29/2012 11:42:57 PM , Rating: 2
You left one risk out, traditionally when resources get scarce humans go to war. So ever increasing population stressing climate threatened food supplies and modern weapons could lead to a very dangerous situation.

RE: Talk about BS
By jeffkro on 6/29/2012 11:45:27 PM , Rating: 2
PS was watching a show where they were saying the Pentagon was taking this scenario very seriously

RE: Talk about BS
By SPOOFE on 6/30/2012 5:09:53 PM , Rating: 1
traditionally when resources get scarce humans go to war.

And when humans go to war humans tend to die. Humans dying tends to free up resources. We call that a "self-correcting problem".

RE: Talk about BS
By sviola on 7/2/2012 12:57:27 PM , Rating: 2
The problem is that with the weapons available, resources could become unavailable. Specially if nuclear, biological or chemical weapons are used.

RE: Talk about BS
By Spuke on 7/2/2012 2:32:32 PM , Rating: 1
You left one risk out, traditionally when resources get scarce humans go to war.
All of this doomsday stuff. Reminds when I was a kid and the threat of nuclear annihilation from the former Soviet Union was imminent! Just around the corner! We're all going to die! Does society REALLY have a need to be on the edge of death all of the time? What's the next mass extinction gonna be in the next 10 years?

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