In spite of stated support, Tillerson’s ExxonMobil lobbied against MA’s carbon tax

This ought to be a massive bombshell — nationally, but certainly for us here in MA. Rex Tillerson insisted that Exxon supported a carbon tax, as has been its stated position. Extreme skepticism was warranted: If you “support” a tax, but really support politicians who don’t, then your position is a feint.

Energy and Policy Institute got the goods on them here – Exxon lobbied against statewide carbon tax bills in MA:

A review of 2016 lobbying disclosures filed with the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts revealed that a registered lobbyist opposed two carbon tax bills – S.1747 and S.1786 – (along with a number of other climate-related bills) on behalf of ExxonMobil.

A disclosure form filed by lobbyist William J. Coyne, Jr., shows that Coyne took “oppose” positions on both carbon tax bills on behalf of his “client” ExxonMobil (see here for an overview of Massachusetts lobbying law). The lobbying took place sometime between January 1 and June 30, 2016, when Rex Tillerson was still CEO of ExxonMobil.

A lobbyist disclosed opposing a 2016 revenue neutral carbon tax bill in Massachusetts on behalf of ExxonMobil.

ExxonMobil disclosed a total of $49,236.96 in “salaries paid” to Coyne in 2016, made in two equal payments of $24,618.48 and covering the time periods between January-June and July-December.

This is a direct contradiction of Tillerson’s and Exxon’s statements of support for a carbon tax.

If you’d like to give a middle finger to Tillerson, Exxon, global warming, Trump, and lying hypocrisy generally — call your legislators to support a carbon tax. You’ve probably been calling a lot lately anyway.

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5 Comments . Leave a comment below.
  1. OK maybe not

    Crickets. Exxon contradicts itself, influencing state policy, NBD

  2. The bills Exxon opposes are BACK

    this session, and State House News is reporting the bills have significantly more sponsors this time around.

    Here’s a link to the carbon tax bill. Check back for more details about sponsor names, committee referrals, hearing dates, etc.

  3. I'll add

    This is one of the many bills on Progressive Mass and it’s co-sponsor action agenda. Please call your legislators on this issue-they’ll listen.

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