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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 MJX on 6/29/2012 11:51:45 PM , Rating: 4
Rex is talking from the 1% perception, making $38 million $$$ a year, allows him to adapt and use engineering technologies to keep him and his loved ones in comfort and secure. To him we are either illerate and/or lazy and deserve what befalls us. Jeremy Rifkin wrote on this very topic with his book, Algeny. In it he examines how the British ruling class justified their Empire by adopting Darwinism and thus felt they were within the realm of natural order.
Here, Rex Tillerson, also justifies what is occurring by stating humans always have adapted to the natural order.
This he is operating in a ethical manner. Never mind he is deceiving himself, it allows him to maintain peace of mind.
Funny how he mentions MIT. Just listen to Noam Chomsky, MIT Professor and activist, and he speaks of scientists there saying climate change is far worse than expected.
Of course, Rex doen't want to hear that and shrugs it off as not reliable!

RE: Talk about BS
By Reclaimer77 on 7/1/2012 3:13:00 PM , Rating: 2
I love when you radicals speak about oil companies and executives. It shows just how deeply ingrained your Leftist view is on everything.

Chew on this, if you will. True prosperity and economic equalities did NOT exist until cheap and abundant forms of energy, namely petroleum, became widely available for the masses. That is an inescapable fact.

So by all means, slander oil company CEO's, spew vitriol at their profits, the oil spills, oh the humanity how terrible it is. But I have a feeling most of us wouldn't last a goddamn WEEK if we had to live in pre-Industrial Revolution conditions.

Just listen to Noam Chomsky, MIT Professor and anarchist and lying hypocrite

Fixed that for you.

Chomsky made millions working for the United States military while he makes millions more writing books and giving speeches about the evil "industrial military complex". He holds millions of shares in stocks while telling young impressionable college students to not invest in the same market, and that it's a "ponzi scheme".

Yes...down with the system indeed...

RE: Talk about BS
By Spuke on 7/2/2012 3:03:07 PM , Rating: 2
Chomsky made millions working for the United States military while he makes millions more writing books and giving speeches about the evil "industrial military complex".
I find people like this to be our TRUE enemy. The do what I say, don't do as I do crowd. When will the common person realize that folks like Chomsky only want you or I to be subject to them. Think about it. People like him demonize the wealthy while being wealthy themselves. They invest in and own the same industries as the people they supposedly hate. Does that make sense to you? It doesn't to me! WE need to keep an eye on ALL of these people else we won't have any wealth or freedom. Don't trust any of these folks (left, right whatever).

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