Remember the Exxon receptionist himself caught on tape admitting that the company invested in “shadow groups” to deal with climate science? He was fired. E&E News confirmed by Exxon Tuesday that Keith McCoy, the hostess in question, was no longer with the company.
“Mr. McCoy is no longer working for the company,” Exxon spokesman Casey Norton sent an email to E&E News. “This is a business case, and we would not comment further.”
For those in need of refreshments, researchers at Uarthed served as recruitment consultants who wanted to invite a DC receiver to a major client and conduct interviews with two ex-Exxons (the one interviewed left the company before disclosing). Secret tapes were released in July, and McCoy’s interview was far from over.
In addition to talking about the company’s history of continuing to resist the weather, McCoy also openly admitted that Exxon sees carbon taxes, which it has contributed, as nothing but a “support tool”. . His parable to catch them – “you have a bait, you fill the bait and say, ‘oh you want to talk about construction,’ and then you start to get involved” – and admire the amazing way things work out. In a separate video released the next day, McCoy described in detail how Exxon works behind the scenes to counteract the rules of plastic. McCoy later apologized on LinkedIn, the first social network a Fat Guys Who Like To Ship. But apparently it was not enough to save his job.
Exxon could not tell E&E News when McCoy left, and his LinkedIn still hires him from Exxon. McCoy still appears to have a stake in the DRM Black Caucus Foundation, but, according to archives found by E&E News, sometime between August 14 and September 8, the website changed its designation from “ExxonMobil Corporation” to “Advocate Community.”
While it wouldn’t be my personal choice to work for a company that has done more than most to advance our planet’s quickly approaching heat death, I have to admit that I feel a little bad for McCoy. His comments lifted the veil on Exxon, but they confirmed what’s been clear Exxon and other Big Oil boys have been try temporary action. In the same way, do all you can to reduce the risk of climate change small segments of their business which are holy, and selling money in PR spin and kill digging for oil. McCoy said just part of the peace out loud by making false statements.
Exxon worked hard to isolate himself from McCoy following his actions. When questioned, the company said so in a statement from CEO Darren Woods that McCoy’s comments “do not represent the company in any way” and that McCoy “did not act in the company’s discretion.”
“We condemn the statement and sincerely apologize to them, including comments about how they interacted with the nominees,” Woods said. “We were amazed by these interviews and agree with our efforts to find ways to deal with climate change.” All right, Darren. We find it.
When questioned by McCoy, the Housing and Standing Committee asked him to testify on what he said as part of their extensive research into the oil industry — which is understandable, because McCoy openly bragged about how the company persuades politicians to do what they want. Exxon declined to comment to E&E if McCoy could be stopped by prosecutors if he was called to testify. (The House Committee did not confirm whether McCoy had accepted the offer.)