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Merkley grills secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson on climate change…

Thursday, January 26, 2017

By Gordon R. Friedman | The Oregonian/OregonLive 

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley on Wednesday questioned U.S. secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, a former chief executive at Exxon Mobil, about his views on climate change…

Merkley asked Tillerson… if he believes the United States should mitigate the effects of climate change…

“Every one of us in our states are seeing effects on the ground. And as we see that, we know we’re just at the beginning,” Merkley said. “Do you see it as a national security issue?”

Tillerson: “I don’t see it as the imminent national security threat that others do.”…

Merkley turned to the Paris Agreement on climate change and limiting greenhouse gas emissions signed last spring…

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Get it? Russia’s occupying Eastern Ukraine; China’s building airbases on artificial islands in the South China Sea; Philippine president Duterte screams “Bye bye America.” Israel sees us as an unreliable ally; the Middle East is on fire…

And Sen. Merkley’s asking the next secy. of state about climate change? But wait, there’s more…

According to The Wall Street Journal, Merkley “wanted to know about the mountain pine beetle, an invasive forest species he claimed was expanding as a result of warming.”

Tillerson must have been thinking “The world’s going to hell and this guy’s quizzing me on some damn beetle? How in hell did he get elected?” We confess to wondering the same thing.

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