“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.”