ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson says fears about climate change, drilling and energy dependence are overblown.
Tillerson acknowledged in a speech Wednesday that burning fossil fuels is warming the planet, but he said society will be able to adapt. The risks of oil and gas drilling are well understood and can be mitigated, he said. And dependence on other nations for oil is not a concern as long as access to supply is certain, he said.
Tillerson blamed a public that is “illiterate” in science and math, a “lazy” press, and advocacy groups that “manufacture fear” for energy misconceptions in his speech at the Council on Foreign Relations.