Why on earth would Donald Trump be considering Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, for Secretary of State. He has zero diplomatic experience but according to Trump he is a “world class player and dealmaker.” and he is well known for his ties to Russia and his relationship with Vadimir Pution
The aligning interests between Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s choice for U.S. president (Donald Trump), and Big Oil represents the gravest threat to humanity (and democracy) since the rise of the Axis powers in the 1930s.
Tillerson and Putin. Image: premier.gov.ru/Wikimedia Commons On Friday, President Obama signed an executive order to protect part of Alaska’s Arctic known as the North Bering Sea from future oil well drilling. The news was met with enthusiasm by environmentalists and Alaska Native tribes, but the celebration was short lived.
Rex Tillerson, the current CEO and chairman of ExxonMobil Corporation, is expected to be Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State after Rudy Giuliani took himself out of the running for any cabinet position. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was a candidate, as was Dana Rohrbacher, but The Wall Street Journal reported on December 9 that Tillerson is now the “leading candidate” for the job.
Oil and natural gas aren’t just a part of Russia’s economy, they are the economy. Up until 2014, oil accounted for 50% of revenue going into the budget. As long as oil and gas prices were high, Putin was able to float along, using oil profits to prop…