Moreover, the cozy relationship he has cultivated with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has disregarded basic human rights, including serious crackdowns on dissent, and the rights of LGBTQ persons and human rights defenders, is deeply worrisome.
Even so, the former president has vouched for his fellow Texan, putting in a good word with Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker.
The question, Corker has acknowledged, is whether Tillerson will be able to shape and change Trump's attitudes. They've also called on government prosecutors to investigate Exxon for allegedly trying to cover up global warming science.
"I just want to make sure that the team is not naive, frankly, about Russia's capacity and Russia's intent", said Sen. Exxon Mobil had a 50-50 partnership with Royal Dutch plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) in this joint venture.
He has promised to divest his stock portfolio if he is confirmed as secretary of State. Exxon ended up losing hundreds of millions of dollars.
Exxon Mobil has termed all these deals as legal because Infineum was not located in the USA and any United States national was not a part of the deal. Exxon and its subsidiaries' activities in Iran and Iraq, and his environmental views are also likely to be covered, as are suspicions that Tillerson's focus will be driven by corporate interests at the expense of the nation's.
"Further, the documented efforts by ExxonMobil to fund organizations denying climate science during Tillerson's tenure at the company deserve critical attention as Virginia grapples with sea level rise in Hampton Roads and other climate driven issues", Kaine said in a statement. He said: "Bottom line is, if you don't want to do anything about what Russian Federation did, if you don't believe they're a good candidate for additional sanctions, I think a lot of people are going to look at you as not having the judgment for the job".
"We can not allow oil to replace diplomacy as the currency of the State Department", Markey said of Tillerson's nomination. The deals struck after the sanctions by Exxon Mobil were technically an expansion of projects already under operations. Numerous suits remain in litigation.
But she said, "it was very clear that the decision of Tillerson and Exxon to ignore the requests and guidance from the Bush administration on the purchase of oil from the Kurdish government in northern Iraq absolutely had an impact on the ongoing conflict in the country and escalation of sectarian tensions".
Trump has dismissed global warming as a hoax, and has indicated he will not support the Paris Agreement, an worldwide accord that requires signatories to lower carbon emissions to specific targets over time.