Douglas A. Grandt
P. O. Box 1582El Dorado, CA 95623March 11, 2013Mr. Rex W. TillersonExxonMobil Corporation5959 Las Colinas Blvd.Irving, TX 75039
Re: Your conversation with Charlie RoseDear Mr. Tillerson,I understand your response to Charlie Rose’s question about whether you have read Steve Coll’sbook “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power” -- I prefer to look forward over wallowingin the past. Start from where we are, clearly define today’s problems, and then work on solutions.We clearly have problems that need systematic solutions arrived at with facts and a clear head.Yesterday, I wrote to suggest you to use some of your very limited discretionary time to read thelatest science findings to better inform critical decisions. The reason is that there is URGENCY ingetting a course correction on our paradigm of burning carbon-based fuels. We are approaching-- if not already in the middle of -- tipping points involving earth’s
,either of which will imminently lead to collapse of
on land, as well as in the oceans.Please read up on Arctic ice, thawing tundra, warming oceans, the release of methane from thepermafrost, and the release of methane hydrates from the ocean floor. Possible and plausibledownside risks should weigh heavily in ExxonMobil’s risk management equations. Do they?It can be rightly deduced from the charts below that Arctic shipping lanes and oil production will beunencumbered in the near future -- a golden opportunity to reap untold economic rewards for bothnations and corporations. However, there are the downside risks and unacceptable implicationsfrom accelerated global warming and the resulting devastation of escalating climate disruptions.You probably have already had ExxonMobil PhDs research the state and prognosis of Arctic SeaIce Volume. How does ExxonMobil include this in its Risk Management?
Carbon Pollution Set to End Era of Stable ClimateSource:
Average September Arctic Sea Ice Volume 1979-2012Source: