White House now a Stenographer for Exxon. Is that All Bad?
March 7, 2017
White House cribs an Exxon press release verbatim.
Given the evidence-free nature of most White House statements and initiatives, could it be that cribbing from Exxon at least means someone gave consideration to making a coherent, grammatically correct statement. Might not be all bad.
Above, former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, at recent confirmation hearings, discussed the merits of a carbon tax, and the reality of human caused climate change.
And, does that mean Trump and Exxon are on the same page in favor of a carbon tax?
I’m not optimistic, but always looking for the bright side.
The White House and ExxonMobil were in sync Monday. Some might even call it a mind meld.
In a news release, ExxonMobil highlighted the oil giant’s plan to spend $20 billion over 10 years, build 11 chemical and natural-gas projects and create 45,000 jobs. Within the same hour, the White House put out its own statement claiming credit for the expansion and adding, “The spirit of optimism sweeping the country is already boosting job growth, and it is only the beginning.”
One full paragraph appeared nearly identically word for word in each release. Another sentence appeared almost verbatim elsewhere.
ExxonMobil spokesman Alan T. Jeffers said that the company had supplied the information to the White House.
The White House release quoted President Trump saying that ExxonMobil’s investment plan “is exactly the kind of investment, economic development and job creation that will help put Americans back to work.”
But Exxon’s investment plan was launched in 2013 — four years ago. And while the White House was hailing the investment program by ExxonMobil and talked about Trump’s “promise to bring back jobs to America,” General Motors on Monday announced the layoff of 1,100 workers in Michigan.
“ExxonMobil is strategically investing in new refining and chemical-manufacturing projects in the U.S. Gulf Coast region to expand its manufacturing and export capacity,” said the company’s news release, posted at 3:10 p.m. “The company’s Growing the Gulf expansion program, consists of 11 major chemical, refining, lubricant and liquefied natural gas projects at proposed new and existing facilities along the Texas and Louisiana coasts. Investments began in 2013 and are expected to continue through at least 2022.”
“Exxon Mobil is strategically investing in new refining and chemical-manufacturing projects in the United States Gulf Coast region to expand its manufacturing and export capacity,” said the White House’s news release, in which Trump is quoted as praising ExxonMobil for creating jobs. “The company’s Growing the Gulf program consists of 11 major chemical, refining, lubricant and liquefied natural gas projects at proposed new and existing facilities along the Texas and Louisiana coasts. Investments began in 2013 and are expected to continue through at least 2022.”
The White House release was received by email at 3:44 p.m. and is posted on the White House website. Apart from some apparent copy-editing changes, the only difference is that the White House version describes the “Growing the Gulf program” rather than the “Growing the Gulf expansion program.”
Just in case you haven’t seen the latest “This is Not Cool” video – it picks up on Mr Tillerson’s statement that “..our ability to predict the effect (of climate change) is very limited.”
The record shows, he’s wrong.