The "e-mail problem" just won't seem to go away.
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Brian Harkin/Getty ImagesRex Tillerson

“E-mail” was definitely a buzzword during the 2016 presidential campaign season.

The controversy swirling around Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s private server prompted lengthy investigations and may have lost her the election.

“She simply believes she’s above the law and always plays by her own rules,” Paul Ryan once said. “This is a pattern with the Clintons, and the American people should not have to endure four more years of their scandal and baggage.”

Key word: their.

Americans are still being treated to a whole buffet of drama. And, yes, some of it is still about e-mails.

In November, controversy abounded over whether Vice President Mike Pence had illegally withheld e-mails in a public records case.

And now, the New York attorney general’s office has revealed that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used the alias “Wayne Tracker” when e-mailing about climate as CEO of Exxon Mobil.

Exxon is currently under investigation for misleading investors and the public about climate change. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office recently accused the oil company of failing to supply documents required in the case — the e-mails sent by “Wayne Tracker.”

Tillerson used an address linked with the alias from at least 2008 to 2015 to “send and receive materials regarding important matters.”

The company failed to disclose that the Wayne e-mails were actually from Tillerson. Its administrators are also being accused of keeping an additional 34 top executive e-mail accounts private.

“The email address, [email protected], is part of the company’s email system and was put in place for secure and expedited communications between select senior company officials and the former chairman for a broad range of business-related topics,” the company’s spokesperson said in response to the charges.

Tillerson himself has admitted that climate change is real, supporting the Paris Agreement and carbon taxes. But as the leader of an industry responsible for environmental harm, environmentalists remain unhappy with his position of power.

Schneiderman’s office hopes to uncover any undisclosed e-mails and, with them, the reason they had to be so secretive in the first place.


Next, read how humanity is accelerating climate change by a factor of 170. Then, learn about the environmental damage that might be caused by Trump’s border wall.

Annie Garau
Annie is a NYC-based writer. For tips, write to [email protected]
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