Amaz­ing let­ter

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“Wash­ing­ton has no short­age of bul­lies, but even we can’t quite be­lieve an Oc­to­ber 27 let­ter that Sens. Jay Rock­e­feller and Olympia Snowe sent to ExxonMo­bil CEO Rex Tiller­son. Its mes­sage: Start toe­ing the sen­a­tors’ line on cli­mate change, or else,” the Wall Street Jour­nal says in an edi­to­rial.

The let­ter’s es­sen­tial point, the news­pa­per­said,“isthatthet­wose­n­a­tors be­lieve global warm­ing is a fact, and there­fore all de­bate about the is­sue must stop and ExxonMo­bil­should‘en­dits­dan­ger­ous­sup­port of the [global warm­ing] “de­niers.” ‘ Not only that, the com­pany ‘should re­pu­di­ate its cli­mate change de­nial cam­paig­nand­makepub­lic­its­fund­inghis­tory.’Andinex­trapenance­for be­ing ‘one of the world’s largest car­bon emit­ters,’ Exxon should spend that money on ‘global re­me­di­a­tion ef­forts.’

“Th­e­se­n­a­tor­saren’tdumbe­nough to risk an ethics in­quiry by threat­en­ing spe­cific con­se­quences if Mr. Tiller­son de­clines this of­fer he can’t refuse. But in case the CEO doesn’t un­der­stand his com­pany’s jeop­ardy, they add that ‘ExxonMo­bil and its part­ners in de­nial have man­u­fac­tured con­tro­versy, sown doubt, and im­ped­ed­pro­gress­with­strate­giesall­too-rem­i­nis­cent of those used

for so many years.’ (Our em­pha­sis.) The sen­a­tors also gra­cious­ly­copiedtheExxon­boar­don their mis­sive.

“Thi­sisamaz­ingstuff.On­theone hand,the­se­n­a­torssaythat­ev­ery­one agrees on the facts and con­se­quence­sof­cli­mat­e­change.Bu­tatthe same time they are so afraid of de­bate that they want Exxon to stop fi­nancin­gadoughty­band­ofdis­senters who­can­bare­lyget­their­nameinthe pa­per. We re­spect the folks at the Com­pet­i­tiveEn­ter­priseIn­sti­tute,but we didn’t know un­til read­ing the Rock­e­feller-Snowe let­ter that they ran U.S. cli­mate pol­icy and led the main­stream me­dia around by the nose, too. Con­grat­u­la­tions.”

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