by Plutonium Page
There are some people you just can't believe, no matter what, because they can't stop lying:
Liars like to hang out with other liars, which is why Bush and ExxonMobil are such good pals. And, just like Bush, since ExxonMobil can't stop lying, and lying, and lying, you can't believe anything they say.
ExxonMobil's latest farce is to try to polish their image and shore up credibility with environmentalists. Unbelievably, they think that changing their leadership from an unpleasant jackass to a slick, smiling, oily jackass will somehow convince people they've turned over a new leaf.
The New York Times reports:
Wha...? Does this mean that Exxon astroturf groups will have to re-write all their anti-climate change position papers?
No, wait! Relax, folks! Nothing has changed (except the climate).
The New York Times article continues:
Of course. Perpetuating the "climate change is a hoax" lie, (or "catapulting the propaganda", as Bush would say), is critical for Exxon to maintain that margin over other oil companies that are (supposedly) beginning to apply themselves to alternative energy technologies. The part I've highlighted in bold says it all, really (again, from the NYT):
Yes, he's slick, and frustratingly stubborn, an attitude representative of the whole company, according to the Greenpeace and Exxpose Exxon representatives quoted in the article. In other words, when faced with reality:
... Exxon just "digs [its] heels in", and sticks with its "what the hell, there's more out there" attitude, planning 22 new projects between now and 2009 (including drilling in Alaska's North Slope). Even if there is less and less easily accessible oil in the world, if you have enough money, you can certainly get to it, or at least Exxon thinks so.
Finally, speaking of money, the NYT article puzzles over one thing Tillerson brags about:
Well, that's nice, Mr. Tillerman, but some of us are onto you guys. Is that Exxon astroturf I smell? (GCEP's name sounds nice and "environmental", but they are not doing climate science research.)
And we all know what "staying the course" gets us.