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Exxon could be on trial at Tillerson hearing

Environmentalists want former Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson's confirmation hearing tomorrow to be an indictment of the oil company's decadeslong climate record.

While Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are widely expected to ask Tillerson about his views on climate science and the Paris Agreement, some observers say that being too muscular with that line of questioning may further politicize the climate issue or encourage otherwise reticent Republicans to back Tillerson despite their concerns about his relationship with Russian officials.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

A grim prognosis for Mission Innovation under Trump

President Carter installed 32 solar water heating panels on the White House roof in 1979, and President Reagan took them down in 1986.

The decision was symbolic of the ideological divide between the two administrations on energy policy and how the two presidents sought to address challenges like the oil crisis and the lagging economy. Reagan also eliminated tax breaks for wind and solar power and cut the renewable energy research and development budget at the Department of Energy, an agency created under Carter.

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E&E tracks work on a post-Kyoto agreement for curbing emissions of heat-trapping gases.

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