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BOSTON, July 21, 2017 – The United States Treasury just announced that it is fining Exxon Mobil $2 million for violating U.S. sanctions against Russia. Because the violation happened under now Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s watch as CEO of the corporation, today’s announcement raises further, serious questions about Tillerson’s fitness to lead the State Department. If his past relationship with Exxon, golden parachute, and coziness with Russian leaders aren’t already clouding his ability to represent the American people over the interests of his past employer, this revelation certainly casts further doubt. And it’s likely just the tip of the iceberg.
Corporate Accountability International spokesperson Gigi Kellett’s statement is below:
“It should really come as no surprise that Exxon Mobil would violate the law in order to advance its profit interests. Nor is it a surprise that Trump Administration officials–Rex Tillerson in particular–would be implicated in such a scandal. Exxon Mobil’s blatant disregard for the rule of law is just the latest chapter in its decades-long campaign of lying, obfuscation and regulatory interference that has delayed climate action for a generation. Let’s not forget this corporation’s track record: As early as the 1960’s, Exxon understood the global consequences of its business, both human and environmental, and chose to bury the truth.
Unlawful backroom deals with the very country that is under investigation for hacking our elections: This is just business as usual for one of the world’s most abusive corporations. For a $343 billion corporation, this is nothing more than a parking ticket. But while it may only be the cost of doing business for Exxon Mobil, the consequences of its actions for people and the planet cannot just be “paid off.” It’s time Rex Tillerson step down or be removed.
At every level, Exxon Mobil and the rest of the fossil fuel industry must be held accountable for their abuses. That may start with this $2 million fine, but it will end when all Big Polluters are held liable for their abuses and cast out of policymaking for good.”