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A senior lobbyist for ExxonMobil instructed an undercover reporter that the oil company’s support for a carbon tax is nothing greater than a public relations stunt meant to decelerate precise rules aimed toward curbing local weather change.
During a Zoom assembly in May, Keith McCoy, Exxon’s senior director of federal relations, instructed the reporter from Greenpeace’s investigative journalism outlet Unearthed that the corporate “aggressively” fought in opposition to local weather science and funded shadow teams to disclaim international warming. Exxon’s backing of a carbon tax is “an advocacy tool,” he stated, and Republican lawmakers who’re in opposition to taxes will not ever let it occur.
“Nobody is going to propose a tax on all Americans, and the cynical side of me says, yeah, we kind of know that — but it gives us a talking point that we can say, well, what is ExxonMobil for?” McCoy stated. “Well, we’re for a carbon tax.” He downplayed the corporate combating in opposition to local weather science and becoming a member of shadow teams, saying, “there’s nothing illegal about that. We were looking out for our investments, we were looking out for shareholders.”
The Unearthed reporter approached McCoy and Dan Easley, Exxon’s former White House lobbyist who left on the finish of the Trump administration, posing as a recruitment advisor, The Guardian reports. Video of the interview was posted on-line Wednesday, and likewise featured Easley saying there have been considerations over President Biden ending the company tax cuts enacted beneath former President Donald Trump, saying these are “probably worth billions to Exxon.”
Exxon CEO Darren Woods stated in a assertion that the corporate condemned the remarks made by McCoy and Easley, including, “We were shocked by these interviews and stand by our commitments to working on finding solutions to climate change.” McCoy posted on LinkedIn that he is “deeply embarrassed by my comments and that I allowed myself to fall for Greenpeace’s deception. My statements clearly do not represent ExxonMobil’s positions on important public policy issues.”
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