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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used an email alias to discuss climate change while he was Exxon Mobil’s chief executive: Wayne Tracker.
Mr Tillerson sent messages from the account to discuss the risks posed by climate change, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a court filing about his office’s fraud investigation of the company.
Mr Tillerson, whose middle name is Wayne, used the Wayne Tracker account on the Exxon system from at least 2008 to 2015, Schneiderman said. Schneiderman made the claim in a letter Monday to Justice Barry Ostrager in New York state court in Manhattan, accusing Exxon of failing to turn over all relevant documents required by a court order. The filing comes in a protracted legal dispute in which Exxon seeks to derail probes by New York and Massachusetts into whether the company misled investors for years about the possible impact of climate change on its business.
Secretary of State used fake name ‘Wayne Tracker’ to discuss climate change while Exxon CEO
originally posted by: ketsuko
So basically, in climate where the Feds were attempting to use the RICO act to go after businesses whom they suspected of climate denial, the CEO of a big corporation whose business was in those crosshairs may have used a fake name in order to voice his opinion ... kind of like many of us do ...
neither Exxon nor its counsel have ever disclosed that this separate email account was a vehicle for Mr Tillerson’s relevant communications at Exxon, and no documents appear to have been collected from this email account,” Schneiderman said.
ExxonMobil posted positive projections about its oil reserves even though it was aware that it wouldn’t be able to extract as much due to potential carbon limits arising from climate change, the lawsuit charged. The investors also said the company refused to write down—or reduce the value of—any of its oil and gas reserves, which the lawsuit said had been overstated, in the face of declining global oil prices.