Rex Tillerson received the position of the U.S. Secretary of State under the new Trump administration. However, prior to this recognition, he ran the Exxon Mobil for ten years starting with 2006 as the chief executive officer. According to the letter Eric Schneiderman, the New York Attorney General sent to a judge, the present Secretary of State used to talk with his company about major issues related to climate change hazards. The line of communication was kept a secret as Rex Tillerson used an email alias.
The Email Alias was Wayne Tracker
The New York authorities have already opened an investigation to inquire suspicious actions at Exxon, an oil company. The office of Schneiderman tracked down a thread of 60 emails that were sent by a Wayne Tracker to the company during a span of seven years starting with 2008. It turned out that this name was actually an email alias for Rex Tillerson who was back then the CEO of Exxon. Wayne is also the middle name of Tillerson.
The secrecy surrounding this line of communication is the result of worrisome issues that have never reached the public. The Attorney General was just investigating the company for a possible covering up of important knowledge that should have been disclosed to the public. To support his case, Schneiderman received a letter that gave Exxon away of being aware of the risks of climate change.
“Despite the company’s incidental production of approximately 60 documents bearing the ‘Wayne Tracker’ email address, neither Exxon nor its counsel has ever disclosed that this separate e-mail account was a vehicle for Mr. Tillerson’s relevant communications at Exxon, and no documents appear to have been collected from this email account.” stated John Oleske through his letter.
Activists Are Thrilled by the Discovery
Climate activists are happy about the news. An environmental organization, 350.org, stated that this secret conversation highlights the dangerous nature of the actions of the oil company. This discovery is proof that Exxon was aware of the negative environmental damages its products produced. Activists want more authorities to investigate the case more in-depth. They are naming Xavier Becerra from California among other Attorneys General to investigate the entire story behind this recent discovery.
The world acclaimed non-governmental environmental group, Greenpeace, commented the investigation as well. The spokesperson wanted to know whether the purpose of keeping this knowledge under secrecy was as not to drive clients or shareholders away or as they were afraid of climate risks.
In light of this discovery, Schneiderman asked Barry R. Ostrager, the New York judge, to order Exxon to become more transparent from now on. Moreover, the Attorney General is waiting for the company to hand him more documents that are relevant to this case.
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