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Exxon Mobil CEO finally admitted the obvious ...

Tillerson said humans have long adapted to change, and governments should create policies to cope with the Earth's rising temperatures.

"Changes to weather patterns that move crop production areas around -- we'll adapt to that. It's an engineering problem and it has engineering solutions," Tillerson said in a presentation to the Council on Foreign Relations.

Exxon Mobil, once one of the staunchest critics of climate change research, has acknowledged under Tillerson's leadership that human-made emissions have contributed to altering the planet's climate. The company now supports taxing carbon emissions.

Of course, he's kind of clueless on the "engineering solutions" -- given the fact he's still hawking his wares to the poor parts of the planet:
[...] billions of people without access to energy would benefit from oil and gas supplies.

"They'd love to burn fossil fuels because their quality of life would rise immeasurably," [CEO Rex Tillerson] said.

Exxon CEO calls climate change engineering problem
CEO: policy should focus on adapting to climate change
by Matt Daily, Reuters -- Jun 27, 2012

Apologies, if you already knew about this. I just heard about it for the first time, listening to Bill McKibben being interviewed on Up with Chris Hayes this morning.

Reality is really starting to hit home.

The Oil Obstructioneers must smell new profits, out there somewhere ...

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  •  Makes an opportunity to stop fossil fuel subsidies (8+ / 0-)

    which I think is about $80 billion dollars. I think I heard some oil executives saying they don't need them, which could be bluster from when oil was at $100 per barrel.

  •  His comments were abyssmal ... (12+ / 0-)

    Tillerson plays fast and loose with the ease of adaptation -- speaking of it as if the 'changes' will be minor/inconsequential and the costs/challenges of 'adaptation'.

    While you hint at this in your words, I think that you are being FAR too kind to him.

    Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

    by A Siegel on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 08:02:13 AM PDT

    •  By the way ... (8+ / 0-)

      see how Romm handled the same comments:

      As researchers at Boulder’s National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) joined 32,000 other Coloradans in fleeing the fires, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson spoke to the Council on Foreign Relations about the “manageable” risks of climate change:
      Rex Tillerson said at a meeting at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York that climate change was a “great challenge,” but it could be solved by adapting to risks such as higher sea levels and changing conditions for agriculture.
      “As a species that’s why we’re all still here: we have spent our entire existence adapting. So we will adapt to this,” he said. “It’s an engineering problem, and it has engineering solutions.”
      Tillerson’s flippant remarks about “adapting” to the “manageable” consequences of climate change come at a time that Exxon is making record profits. In 2011, the company made $41.1 billion in profits, and Tillerson pulled in $34.9 million total compensation — a 20 percent raise from 2010.
      A 2011 study found that “9 out of 10 top climate change deniers [were] linked with Exxon Mobil.” So it’s no surprise that Exxon’s CEO would spread misinformation on global warming.
      Climate Progress is unaware of any serious climate scientists who think that global warming is “manageable” simply through adaptation if we listen to the do-nothing Exxon crowd and stay anywhere near our current emissions path. We know a great many who have written that the reverse is true

      Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

      by A Siegel on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 08:04:21 AM PDT

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    •  hey I wouldn't trust him (3+ / 0-)
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      to fix anything.

      The newsworthy thing to me,

      is the Denial Machine is grinding to a halt.

      Or so I am hoping.  

      This could just be another delaying kick-the-can tactic.

      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 08:06:11 AM PDT

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      •  It is definitely a delaying tactic (attempt) (4+ / 0-)
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        I'm glad he's for carbon tax.  We can hold him to it.  But it isn't enough.

        Fossil feul companies need to be put out of business and replaced immediately.

        Really sick of these liars.

        I think we should start asking these guys what type of planet do they wish for their own children.

        I think we need to start hammering this point hard.

        It is THE point, isn't it ?

        These people have no humilility, or do they ?  It's always about money.

        Bullshit !  We are destroying the earth, because of stupidity and lies and laziness.

        Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

        by yet another liberal on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 08:14:34 AM PDT

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      •  Hey Inhofe......your boss just told you to unscrew (2+ / 0-)
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        •  This is the most important implication (1+ / 0-)
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          Deniers have lost one of their supports for their head in the sand behavior (though perhaps there will be suggestions about epilepsy medication)

          Does this mean that they will change tactics from denial to downplaying? Even if they do, it will be a great benefit.

          A definition is the enclosing of a wilderness of ideas within a wall of words -- Samuel Butler

          by A Mad Mad World on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 09:06:41 AM PDT

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  •  OMG (9+ / 0-)

    An engineering problem ?

    Can these liars just move to another planet already so the rest of us can live ?  It's merely an engineering problem, you know.  I'm sure he has lots of money too.  It could probably buy an entire planet to live on, couldn't it ?

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 08:10:06 AM PDT

  •  All of those 'natural gas this' and 'coal that' (2+ / 0-)
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    commercials have suddenly made themselves scarce on the boob tube.

  •  What was it Bill McKibben said? (7+ / 0-)

    I watched Up with Chris Hayes this morning but I can't actually quote him.

    I did get the message that it is extremely obnoxious that the rest of the planet should learn to adapt to what the oil companies are doing to the planet.

    Wow reality just goes out the window at the level of the politicians once you hand them a little cash money green. The taxpayers are subsidizing the most profitable industry in the nation, eighty percent of us want that changed but who is listening?

    We have Republicans claiming that "Cap and Trade will hinder the job creators" and Democrats running away with their tails between their legs. While Bill McKibben who once had Democrats getting out the same message seems all alone now pointing out all of the construction jobs and how good for the economy a solar panel on every roof would be.  

    It sure was nice to hear a little dose of reality for a change. And not for nothing but since I pay so little attention to politicians anymore, I need to ask. Did that solar panel ever get placed on the White House roof?

  •  a while back someone predicted... (4+ / 0-)

    that when global warming became too obvious to ignore the deniers would switch to "we'll adapt" or some such.

  •  The CEO gave an engineer's answer to (2+ / 0-)
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    the problem he has acknowledged. Yes, there is a problem, but mankind will adapt to the changes in climate by building things that will solve the problems of global climate change. Therefore, there is no reason not to continue (in his reasoning) burning fossil fuels.

    This same theme has been around for a while. I remember seeing a series on PBS a while back which traced this origins of mankind. It did not deny evolution; it explained it. But the underlying theme was that man has always adapted to the environment in which he found himself. There seemed to be less of an explanation of the fact that, after dinosaurs, mammals arose and prospered because there was a large ecological niche for them to fill because of the disappearance of the dinosaurs.

    Mankind has been around for a relatively short time compared to many species yet we are unable to imagine the world without us. Maybe that's why those who deny evolution like to imagine humans riding dinosaurs. Yet all the changes that we  imagine we can adapt to are not survivable as proven by mass extinctions of the past.

    I guess the problem is that many of us suffer from a failure to imagine our own end. That's probably why disasters such as the Titanic are so popular. Individuals who looks at that disaster probably imagine themselves as survivors. In a sense, for each of us, the world only exists through our own experiences which are limited to the span of our lives. On his deathbed writer William Saroyan said, "Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case. Now what?"

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 08:57:04 AM PDT

  •  Chris Hayes used baseball bulking up and tobacco (3+ / 0-)
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    as examples of previous denials -- could have added asbestos and whole lot of others which were in plain sight decades before they were admitted.

    I'm fascinated by the claims in the US that building a pipeline from Canada to a duty-free export port on the Gulf of Mexico will bring the oil to the US.  Canada is openly saying they want the pipeline so they can ship product to Europe for world prices instead of having to sell it to the US for a discount.

  •  A suicidal career move at Exxon? (1+ / 0-)
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    Or a baby step to try and minimize the problem as being manageable with a few engineering tweaks?

    "We don't need someone who can think. We need someone with enough digits to hold a pen." ~ Grover Norquist

    by Lefty Coaster on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 09:10:15 AM PDT

    •  I was wondering (1+ / 0-)
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      much the same thing.

      Is Tillerson some sort of outlier ?

      (he testified Oil Speculation drives up the Price too)

      Or is he the forerunner of a wider recognition,

      that their jig is about up?

      perhaps it's a bit of both.

      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 09:15:10 AM PDT

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  •  An engineering problem? Geez, building (1+ / 0-)
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    a time machine is just an engineering problem, all one has to do is build a space ship capable of traveling 0.95 c for a decade.  

    Adapt?  If he's talking about an evolutionary adaption that takes a little longer than a few years.  

    That's the problem with not addressing climate change, there isn't enough time to adapt to anything.  How does one adapt to no food, killing temperatures, a drought through the bread basket of our nation, insufficient drinking water?  There is no adaption unless mass die off is Exxon's idea of adapting to climate change.  

    "It took us a couple of days because I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak." President Barack Obama 3/24/09

    by sfcouple on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 01:55:37 PM PDT

    •  It's an almost religious belief in the ability (2+ / 0-)
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      of technology to solve all mankind's problems. They fail to see that technology has created as many, if not more, problems than it has solved. Engineers tend to be linear, literal thinkers who can't see beyond the current project to its eventual implications.

      "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

      by Lily O Lady on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 02:56:18 PM PDT

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