Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tillerson at State Will Be Terrible for the Planet

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tillerson at State Will Be Terrible for the Planet

Article excerpt

With the selection of Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state, Donald Trump appears to be wrapping the world in a big, shiny ribbon to give to his cronies in the fossil fuel industry. It looks like any information about the threats of climate change and ocean acidification that he got from Al Gore went in one side of Mr. Trump's "open mind" and right out the other.

Let's be clear on this: Despite what folks are seeing outside their windows, the planet is heating up, causing the extreme weather we have recently witnessed. Remember the West Virginia floods? In addition, the oceans are getting ever more acidic, which is destroying coral reefs and other marine ecosystems we depend on for food fish.

Let's remember that Mr. Tillerson's company, ExxonMobil, is among the leaders in the denialist community, spending millions over the past decades to disinform the public on the effects of its products. …

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