Rex Tillerson 'used email alias' at Exxon to talk climate change

Trevor Jackson
March 17, 2017

Company Alan Jeffers added that the account was "mostly used while he [Tillerson] was traveling to ensure he'd see an item in a secure and timely way without having to sort through his regular email inbox, which could contain many items".

The e-mails that were provided allowed the attorney general to figure out that Tillerson used the account between 2008 and 2015 at least, but it didn't appear on Exxon's list of accounts for which records were preserved.

Eric Schenderman's office launched a probe into Exxon's business two years ago on allegations that the company had known about the effects of the fossil fuel industry on climate for decades, but had withheld this information from its shareholders and the public.

Schneiderman made the claim in a letter Monday to Justice Barry Ostrager in NY state court in Manhattan, accusing Exxon of failing to turn over all relevant documents required by a court order.

Although Trump has vowed to reverse climate-change steps taken by former President Barack Obama, Exxon has said it believes it must address climate change. Neither of those instances involved an alias.

"Despite the company's incidental production of approximately 60 documents bearing the "Wayne Tracker" email address, neither Exxon nor its counsel have ever disclosed that this separate email account was a vehicle for Mr. Tillerson's relevant communications at Exxon", Senior Enforcement Counsel John Oleske wrote in the letter.

The existence of the secondary email account was discovered by Schneiderman's team while reviewing other Exxon documents. NY sought information from PricewaterhouseCoopers as part of the probe.

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Tillerson received thousands of emails a day from climate change activists and others at his regular address - Rex.W.Tillerson@ExxonMobil.com - and that made it hard to parse which messages were important to promptly address Exxon's business operations, Jeffers said.

The news of the secondary email account has raised questions among climate advocacy groups.

"It could be misleading to not tell the attorney general the actual owner of that email address", said Cohen, who isn't involved in the dispute.

The latest chapter was contained in a letter from Schneiderman to a NY district judge who oversees the probe.

Schneiderman and Healey reject the allegations and contend the federal government can not interfere in their investigations.

Exxon denied trying to hide anything.

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