The Weekend Wonk: Is Tillerson Agent for Putin Petropower?

March 9, 2017

Ok, it’s not the weekend yet, but we have a lot to cover. Get coffee. I’ll wait.

While Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, was CEO,  “Exxon has frequently and reliably actively worked against the interests of America.”

Do we expect that Rex Tillerson will change now that he is Secretary of State?
What are the implications?


If you are not watching Rachel Maddow’s series of analyses of the Russia/Putin/Trump/Tillerson nexus, you really, really, really should be.

I hope she has a bodyguard. Seriously.

Below, consider the wider implications of the GOP war on expertise. It’s not just about science.
It’s about people who know stuff. People who respect facts and truth and experience more than they respect the words of an autocrat. These are the true enemies of the Republican Party, and they are being systematically rooted out of the US government – with potentially catastrophic consequences.


9 Responses to “The Weekend Wonk: Is Tillerson Agent for Putin Petropower?”

  1. Dave Jewett Says:

    I watched that Maddow segment last night and was flabbergasted. If just a small portion of the dots that she connected last night are truly connected, Trump and his cohorts are the worst kind of traitors in the highest echelons of government, working under the cover of legitimacy. We have a very serious national crisis on our hands and everybody is going around acting as if there is nothing to worry about. Cognitive delusion rules the day.

  2. Ron Voisin Says:

    Rachel is such a sweet cupcake.

    In her mind, if Exxon hadn’t done a deal, then certainly neither would Chevron or, in particular, Petronas.

    That’s right, Exxon must have forced Chad’s dictator into a deal, when the dictator really just wanted to build schools and hospitals.

    For cupcake Rachel, this is a simple example of an evil Exxon corrupting a caring and giving dictator.

    No more State-run oil companies, said Cupcake, and then there were none. Wouldn’t that be nice.


    Better yet, let’s have Cupcake run Exxon so she can show Rex directly how global oil can be managed with pure love and kindness.

    If only SHE were Secretary of State!!!!

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Maddow for SOS? Voisin isn’t totally brain dead if he can suggest that. I’d trust her to do a better job than Tillerson or ANYONE else that Hair Furor might appoint.

    • stephengn1 Says:

      Wait a sec. Those last two sentences are doozies when put next to each other. When precisely did the US State Department become the Exxon Global Oil Management Department? Where are your priorities? Are you saying that the US State Department ( i’m assuming it’s still the US State Department and not the Exxon Department of foreign affairs) SHOULD be a department of global oil management?
      I don’t worry about state run oil companies unless they’re run by dictators and can’t be held accountable – like Russia. In fact, if oil companies were state run – like in Norway – it would be a much better deal for the entire world.
      What I worry about much more is oil run states. I don’t want the United States of America to become the United States of Exxon or. Do you?

  3. Ron Voisin Says:

    Thank you Dumboldguy. I appreciate the support…and as always, I appreciate your cunning wit.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      You’re welcome. I try to be supportive of the mostly brain dead.

    • Ron.
      You are painting yourself into a corner at an alarming rate.

      “Faster than expected” is the phrase de Jour

      Even Oil etc senior executives and CEO’s are getting concerned.
      Trump Tillerson, Pruitt etc are rapidly running out of an audience as it heads in the other direction. Except for the rabid ideologues who know better that reality and any expert.

      The Oceans are Warming Faster than Previously Thought; Rate of Heat Build-up Accelerating

      So we keep hearing this phrase in the sciences — faster than we thought. In the context of global warming, it’s not a phrase we want to hear. And when the world’s largest heat sink — the oceans — are warming up faster than we thought, that’s kind of a big deal.

    • Add in from the Greenie capitol

      For big oil, climate change looms large even in Trump era

      By James Osborne, David Hunn and Ryan Handy
      March 10, 2017 Updated: March 10, 2017 11:31pm

      For the better part of the last decade, leaders of the oil and gas industry have questioned both the science of climate change and the need for policies that posed an existential threat to their businesses.

      “Trump and his advisers may have lost the audience. Throughout the conference known as CERAWeek by IHS Markit, energy ministers, CEOs and other top executives showed that the industry is running ahead of policymakers on climate change, no longer treating it as an inconvenient theory, but rather as a hard reality to which it must adapt and change.”

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