Extreme Temperature Diary-March 5, 2018/ Tillerson’s Troubles

 Monday March 5th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials)😊. Here is today’s main climate change related topic:  Tillerson’s Troubles

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Way back in early 2017, which seemed like eons ago, I wrote a conspiratorial piece entitled “Burn Baby Burn,” in which I tied Rex Tillerson and the Trump Administration to a potential half trillion dollar oil deal with a capitol T with Russia, lowering CAFE standards for cars, and the whole scale attempt to scuttle the Paris Accords and climate science in general:  http://www.guyonclimate.com/2017/03/15/burn-baby-burn/

My how the worm has turned putting the Trump Administration on the defensive as far as climate change goes, and a lot of other items I won’t go into.😉 First, it appears that any short term, greedy oil deal with Russia is off, which is good news for the climate: 

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/exxon-mobil-withdraws-russia-deal-citing-sanctions-53443088

Quoting from the article: 

Exxon Mobil will end a joint venture with Russia’s state-controlled Rosneft due to U.S. and European sanctions against Moscow.

Exxon revealed in a regulatory filing that it decided to end the partnership late last year after the U.S. expanded sanctions against Russia. The company plans to begin unwinding the joint venture this year.

The retreat will result in an after-tax loss of about $200 million — spare change in comparison to Exxon’s 2017 profit of $19.7 billion.

But ending the partnership with Rosneft appeared to dash Exxon’s hopes of drilling in the potentially oil-rich Russian Arctic, and it erases some of the legacy of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the one-time Exxon chairman and CEO.

Awe. Let me get out my little violin. Bill Mckibben is going to get his wish, at least temporarily, since much of that Russian oil will be left in the ground. At the very least Exxon’s bottom line has gotten hurt if just by a smidgen, which is justice for a company wanting to continue to pollute carbon. That oil deal was one of the reasons why Trump has been so soft on sanctions with the Russians. And too, it appears that sanctions already in place scuttled the deal. Exxon and Tillerson, don’t count those proverbial chickens before they hatch.😉

Of course, Dr. Mann, who has been very outspoken about how bad Scott Pruit, Tillerson, and the rest of the bunch in the Trump Administration has been for the environment to say the least, has noticed how the carrot in front of a stick Russian oil deal has played out over the last year:

Gee, I wonder if this has anything to do with it:

And yet Trump’s State Department continues to ignore Russia. Watt’s (😉) up with that? On the other “end of the stick” Russia would want that oil deal to go down; therefore, all sorts of hoops were concocted to meddle in U.S. elections. And yet:

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