July 12, 2012
I read with much interest the article in Sunday’s Business Section on Rex Tillerson’s speech to the Washington Ideas Forum last week. Tillerson is the chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil Corp. After approximately 15 years of denial and misinformation about climate change and global warming, Tillerson is now admitting that humans are causing global temperatures to rise because of excessive burning of fossil fuels.
Tillerson says that we will just have to adapt to the rising temperatures. Of course that is easy for him to do since he makes millions of dollars a year as CEO. The rest of us will have to pay thousands of dollars a year in increased electricity bills, increased water bills and increased food bills caused by climate change. People living near the coast will have to move inland because of rising water, as the polar ice melts.
To make things even worse, ExxonMobil spent millions of dollars on phony science to confuse the public about climate change since the 1990s, helping to cause us to take no action to slow down the global warming. An ounce of prevention in the 1990s would be worth a pound of cure in the 2010s.
As global temperatures rise and your costs increase, I suggest you just consider it a stupidity tax placed on us predominantly by Republicans and ExxonMobil Corp.