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.
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.
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.