Environmentalists are fuming after Rex Tillerson has been confirmed as Secretary of State, but a skeptic of climate change says that's a good thing.
Rex Tillerson comes from a fossil fuels background, including time running oil giant Exxon-Mobil. That makes him an enemy of many environmentalists who claim fossil fuels are contributing to global warming or "climate change."
When news broke Feb. 1 that Tillerson was confirmed by the Senate, environmental groups vocally denounced him.
"A vote for Rex Tillerson is a vote for climate disaster," claimed a leader of 350.org, an environmental group that advocates for "a just, prosperous, and equitable world built with the power of ordinary people."
Climate change skeptic Marc Morano, who oversees website Climate Depot, finds it "fascinating" to see all the angst.
"The only reservation I would have with Rex Tillerson," says Morano, "is that he, as CEO of Exxon-Mobil, wanted a seat at the table and sort of played along with the United Nations - their science reports and their claims - and even supported a carbon tax, and sort of took the lesser of all the evils out there."
Despite those reservations, the fact that environmental groups are so upset makes Morano feel better about President Trump's choice for Secretary of State.
"If they weren't upset at the pick for Secretary of State then I'd be deeply concerned," he says. "But the fact that their heads are exploding, that's a good thing because it shows that Rex Tillerson is the right man for the job."