Guest Contribution: Jon Swan

Dodging the whole truth, outing the big lie

On Jan. 11, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia pressed secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, to admit to knowing of the company’s years-long practice of funding research designed to discredit climate science. When Tillerson declined to answer, Kaine asked, “Are you not answering because you don’t know, or because you don’t want to?” To which Tillerson, with a slight smile, replied, “A little of both.”