Naked Capitalism has the article Tillerson Dodges Discussing Who Knew What When about ExxonMobil’s Efforts to Deceive the Public on Climate Change. The features an interview on The Real News Network Tillerson Refuses to Acknowledge ExxonMobil’s Efforts to Deceive the Public on Climate Change.
Kathy Mulvey of the Union of Concerned Scientists says the oil giant is continuing to avoid accountability for its disinformation campaign.
Senator Tim Kaine really blew his opportunity to question Tillerson. The most important question that he failed to ask Tillerson was what his position would be as Secretary of State on the validity of the science on global climate change. Also, what role would he or could he play in the Trump administration in the face of climate change deniers who could possibly be heading the Environmental Protection Agency in the administration and on the President himself.
I had hoped that perhaps with ExxonMobil’s knowledge of the subject that Tillerson could play a positive role in the administration. Tillerson may have dashed that hope in his confirmation hearings. Most assuredly, the Demcocratic Senators at the hearing missed their golden opportunity to pin the administration down on this topic. Why would the Democrats do that? All these Senators are trained lawyers. Surely they know how to question a witness. Just as assuredly, if the Democratic Senators really cared about the climate change issue, they would want to know the answers to the questions I suggested. I wonder what they think is the purpose of these confirmation hearings.
This display of dereliction of duty is one of the reasons why I have given up on and have quit the Democratic Party.