Monday, June 6, 2011

People I Want to Fight: Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson, showing his pimp hand.
People I Want to Fight is new to this blog.  Not meant to be taken literally, this feature is intended only as a means of expressing dissatisfaction with those who, from the outset, appear to answer to nobody.  So in the interest of fairness, I've chosen to start with an individual from my own side of the geopolitical spectrum.

One of Glenn Beck's more noteworthy interviews occurred on the Headline News network (just prior to his departure for greener pastures at FOX) with ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson during the gas crunch of 2008 when the national average at the pump well exceed $4 per gallon.  Concerned that gas prices would continue to rise – and with a sufficient explanation nowhere in sight – Beck asked Tillerson if he could foresee a time in which prices would ever dip back to $2 a gallon.  Practically unmoved by the question, ExxonMobil's top dog merely chucked, almost proudly, and said "No," as if to also say, What are you gonna do about it?  Even now, some two or three years after I watched the interview, I am still taken aback by Tillerson's unqualified apathy to the plight of little people (like me) who are entirely responsible for his company's multibillion dollar profit margins each quarter.

Say or think what you want about Glenn Beck, who, in my estimation, is merely knocked for daring to assess and scrutinize a web of issues that many of our journalistic sentinels dare not touch.  In fact much of the disdain for the man himself is the result of the show he hosts which, for quite a while, drew more viewers than each of the competing programs on CNN, MSNBC and his former network, HLN, combined.

As for Tillerson, he has since backed off the laughter, stating recently that he believes the price for a barrel of oil should be around $35 less than what is being paid at present by most of the industrialized nations.  Though American "big oil" executives should not be held altogether responsible for the price gouging propagated by the 12 nations that control the near-monopoly OPEC has enjoyed for over three decades, Tillerson's impenitent brashness is a clear demonstration of an insolence that will most likely continue for the foreseeable future while the rest of us continue to reap the detrimental cost.

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