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In a zoom call, a representative of the oil company describes American climate taxes as a show. His counterpart later turns out to be a member of Greenpeace, which publishes the explosive statements in the video.
Keith McCoy is responsible for “government affairs” in the Washington office of oil giant ExxonMobil. That means he is a lobbyist and tries to advertise the interests of his employer to influential politicians. In May, he spoke to a supposed headhunter via zoom. What he did not know: It was a trap, his counterpart did not want to hire anyone, but rather elicit indiscretions about ExxonMobil for the environmental group Greenpeace. In fact, McCoy chatted so openly that the oil company is now embarrassed and CEO Darren Woods has been forced to make a public apology.
Probably the most explosive part of the video recordings published by Greenpeace are McCoy’s statements, in which he describes Exxon’s support for a CO2 tax as a show that gives the company a more climate-friendly look. He called this a “talking point” that the company can easily do because such a tax has no chance of being implemented in the US anyway. “Nobody is going to propose a tax for all Americans, and my cynical side says, ‘Yeah, we kind of know,’ but it gives us a talking point so we can say, ‘What is ExxonMobil for? We are for a CO2 tax. ‘”