Pizza For Plutocrats

February 24, 2014


Proof that Rex Tillerson suffers from an irony deficiency. The Exxon chairman has joined a legal action against a natural gas fracking installation near his Texas home.

A creative solution for this conflict is obvious.

Readers will remember that last week, Chevron offered free pizza to frazzled neighbors of a fracking well that exploded , burned, and incinerated a man in rural Pennsylvania.

Wall Street Journal:

BARTONVILLE, Texas—One evening last November, a tall, white-haired man turned up at a Town Council meeting to protest construction of a water tower near his home in this wealthy community outside Dallas.

The man was Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp.XOM -0.36%

He and his neighbors had filed suit to block the tower, saying it is illegal and would create “a noise nuisance and traffic hazards,” in part because it would provide water for use in hydraulic fracturing. Fracking, which requires heavy trucks to haul and pump massive amounts of water, unlocks oil and gas from dense rock and has helped touch off a surge in U.S. energy output.

It also is a core part of Exxon’s business.

While the lawsuit Mr. Tillerson joined cites the side effects of fracking, a lawyer representing the Exxon CEO said he hadn’t complained about such disturbances. “I have other clients who were concerned about the potential for noise and traffic problems, but he’s never expressed that to me or anyone else,” said Michael Whitten, who runs a small law practice in Denton, Texas. Mr. Whitten said Mr. Tillerson’s primary concern is that his property value would be harmed.

An Exxon spokesman said Mr. Tillerson declined to comment. The company “has no involvement in the legal matter” and its directors weren’t told of Mr. Tillerson’s participation, the spokesman said.

Mr Tillerson, will you be picking up, or would you like that delivered?

10 Responses to “Pizza For Plutocrats”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    Irony deficiency? Is that what Omno and DB and Ugh-Pot suffer from? And does that cause the “irony deficiency anemic thinking” they display here?

  2. MorinMoss Says:

    Why would anyone be surprised that Tillerson is a frackin’ hypocrite?

    Just feed him back what he said about global warming – “it’s happening but it’s too late to do anything about it so we’ll just adapt”

    So no use fighting Rex, you’ll just have to adapt – and frack you.

  3. For years, it’s been the oh-so-Green rich folks not wanting Cape Wind to pollute their precious ocean views.

    At last, we have an example of the shoe being on the other foot.  Thanks for the own goal, Mr. Tillerson.

    • MorinMoss Says:

      There’s a 3rd Koch? And he’s of the same stripe as the others?
      That family needs a black sheep in the worst way.
      Any radical or militantly green sons or nephews?

      • dumboldguy Says:

        Actually, there are FOUR Kochs. Charles and David are the ones we love so much. After the original Koch died, his four sons fought over his money for a while and Charles and David bought out Fred R. and Bill. The Koch Industries that is trying to take over and destroy the country is just Charles and David.

        Bill is into oil also but is small potatos compared to Charles and David—-he has a net worth of only $4 billion. He is also known for sponsoring a winning America’s cup boat, being charged with kidnapping an employee, and more recently for losing a fight to keep windmills from spoiling his beachfront views on Cape Cod. Fred R. is the closest thing to a black sheep in the family—he is not into oil, and spends his time and money on “the arts”.

        A quick web search strangely doesn’t turn up much information about children. Bill Koch has several, and the only thing I found shows that he may be trying to set them on a good path. A long but fascinating article.…/Koch_Brother__a_profile.html‎

  4. astrostevo Says:

    Looking at the pizza voucher I think a lot of things but one of them is “but what if the recipient there didn’t want a special only? What if they wanted to choose their own variety of pizza instead?”

    Oh well , I guess they didn’t get any say in the fracking fracking or consequently toxic environmental disaster either.

    Guess that left a bad taste in a lot of mouths in more senses than one.

    Also trying to buy a town off and get away with that appalling disaster with pizza vouchers? Really? Just reeeally?

  5. rayduray Says:

    The pizza voucher has a lot of people chuckling. Here’s one crew’s response….

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