Exxon's 'sordid history' on climate takes center stage today
By all accounts, Rex Tillerson is the ultimate pragmatist.
It's a style many say characterized the former Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO's approach to ending a yearslong standoff over gays in the Boy Scouts of America, negotiating for access to resources in countries hostile to the United States and relaxing his company's entrenched rejection of climate science.
'Science and reason matter,' Obama implores in final speech
A hopeful President Obama delivered his farewell address to America last night, making a final plea for democratic engagement and fact-based debate, including on climate change.
Speaking from Chicago, Obama urged restoring a "common purpose" and "basic sense of solidarity" in an increasingly politically divided country.
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.
Top energy analyst heads to Atlantic Council
A leading global energy policy thinker is changing tanks.
The Atlantic Council Global Energy Center announced yesterday that Charles Ebinger has joined as a senior fellow. Ebinger, a longtime energy adviser, served six years as the director of the Brookings Institution's Energy Security and Climate Initiative and more recently as a senior fellow.
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.