Dec 02, 2016
That's according to Joe Scarborough, co-host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe." Scarborough tweeted Thursday afternoon:
\u201cThe SecState process continues. Trump considered the Romney meeting "great" but is expanding options and looking at Exxon CEO RexTillerson.\u201d— Joe Scarborough (@Joe Scarborough) 1480624322
\u201cThose close to Trump suggest Romney would already have gotten SecState nod but for massive blowback inside. Romney still a favorite.\u201d— Joe Scarborough (@Joe Scarborough) 1480624484
\u201cTrump tells those close to him he won't be rushed into making SecState selection. His favorite has moved between Rudy, Petraeus and Romney.\u201d— Joe Scarborough (@Joe Scarborough) 1480624619
The Hillreports: "The Trump transition team did not respond to a request for comment. An Exxon spokesman also declined to comment on Scarborough's report."
The Trump team said Friday that the list for potential secretary of state had been narrowed to four, including 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Gen. David Petraeus, and Sen. Bob Corker from Tennessee, though Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway also said the list "may expand" or "may narrow."
Tillerson, as Billmoyers.comnoted Friday in its morning roundup, "has been in the headlines in recent years as his company and congressional allies waged war on journalists and activists who have publicized reports that for decades his company spread misinformation on climate change to protect its profits." That campaign to suppress climate science has been referred to as the ExxonKnew scandal.
"If the goal is to drain the swamp in D.C,," said 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, "Tillerson might not be your man; Exxon's business plan continues to require raising the level of the ocean to the point where Foggy Bottom will be well underwater. But this is certainly a good way to make clear exactly who'll be running the government in a Trump administration--just cut out the middleman and hand it directly to the fossil fuel industry."
While Trump has expressed denial of human-caused climate change, Tillerson, soon to be honored for his "outstanding contribution to the oil and gas industry," said last month that his company "share[s] the view that the risks of climate change are real and require serious action."
"For decades Exxon has led the oil industry campaign to delay action on climate change. Exxon knew the science over climate change. It just lied about the evidence," Rowell continued.
Even before Tillerson's name began circulating, Climate Centralwrote, taking stock of Trump's appointments, "All indications so far point to a bleak future for addressing climate change, or even recognizing it as one of the world's largest challenges. A number of his cabinet nominees, political appointees, and closest advisors are outright climate deniers while others have funded the denial of climate change or are lukewarm on accepting the science."
"At best, climate action will likely take a backseat to other issues. At worst, there could be an all-out assault on the science, and as important, the funding that makes it possible," the publication continued.
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