Exxon CEO: “What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?”

Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive of...

Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobile. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have not bought gas at an Exxon station since the disastrous Alaskan Valdez oil spill that devastated pristine wildlife habitat back in 1989, and the company — the most profitable corporation in Earth’s history — tried to avoid its clean-up and reparations responsibilities.

Typical of most oil companies, they just don’t get it. While they could be a part of a new green energy revolution and make their $40 billion annual profits by being in the vanguard, they stick to their dinosaur ways.

At the recent Exxon shareholders meeting, CEO Rex Tillerson (just another old, white Christian guy) actually said these frightening, myopic words:

“What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?”

Clearly not understanding the meaning of irony, Tillerson doesn’t understand that humanity is ALREADY suffering as a consequence of global warming, which 97% of climate scientists say is being caused by mankind’s burning of fossil fuels. Billions have already or soon will be displaced by rising sea levels, droughts, lower crop yields, fires, famines, floods, etc.

As Think Progress put it, what Tillerson really meant to tell his shareholders — who for the seventh time voted down resolutions to get a foothold on their carbon emissions, and another to support LGBT rights — “What good is it to save humanity if profits suffer?”

Because I drive an EV car about 95% of the time, I don’t have to go to gas stations much. But on those once-a-quarter visits to fill up my Prius, I will continue my boycott of Exxon/Mobil. They just don’t get it — and hopefully their selfish, planet-killing ways will someday go the way of the dinosaurs.

Remember it’s Exxon who helped fund the Denier/Kochtopus Heartland Foundation’s support of global warming Deniers. In fact, they’ve broken their pledge to not fund such groups and spent about $1.5 billion on this “cause” recently.



Below is a link to the Think Progress story.

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