Santorum: Exxon Mobil became ‘alarmist’ on climate change under Tillerson

Santorum: Exxon Mobil became ‘alarmist’ on climate change under Tillerson
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Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKobach fined over Trump meeting memo OPINION: Dear media, Americans don't care about Obama's legacy Make America’s classroom and workplaces safe again MORE’s former White House rival Rick Santorum says he has doubts over the president-elect’s pick to lead the State Department. 
 
Santorum, a former GOP senator from Pennsylvania, told WABC Radio late Thursday that he’s concerned about Rex Tillerson being nominated to be secretary of State because of the direction Exxon Mobil Corp. went on climate change during Tillerson’s time as CEO. 
 
"I'm less concerned about [Tillerson’s ties with Vladimir Putin] than I am concerned about the global warming issue,” Santorum said. 
 
“Exxon has been, let’s just say, involved in the climate change discussion, accepting the alarmist view of climate change, and suggesting things like carbon taxes and the like.”
 
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Exxon Mobil shifted its public position on climate change after Tillerson took over as its CEO in 2006.
 
Before his tenure, the company publicly doubted mainstream climate science. But after he took over, the company said there is “no question” human activity has contributed to global warming. 
 
Exxon Mobil now backs a tax on carbon emissions, has a new internal accounting measure for emissions and has stopped funding groups that reject climate science. Whether Tillerson himself holds those positions is an open question, and one Democrats will likely probe during his confirmation process.
 
The State Department is used to working on climate change diplomacy, with President Obama’s Secretary of State, John KerryJohn KerryFrustrated Dems say Obama botched Russia response Budowsky: Dems madder than hell Tillerson: 'My view didn’t change' on Paris climate agreement MORE, involved in the crafting of the Paris climate deal, among other things. 
 
Trump himself does not believe in the scientific consensus behind climate change, nor does his pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt. 
 
Santorum said he supports that selection, and that someone similar should lead State. 
 
“Had [Trump] put someone like he did at EPA with Scott Pruitt, then, you know, that to me is a great pick, because it’s consistent with what he is talking about in the campaign,” Santorum said.  “Tillerson raises questions."