ExxonMobil, the Koch Brothers 'Enemies of the State'? Kerry Won't Disagree with Rolling Stone Tribunal
Q: Given your characterization of climate change as a national-security threat, when you look at what the Koch brothers and Exxon Mobil are doing—as you know, Exxon Mobil is being investigated by the New York state attorney general for lying to investors about what it knew about climate change—Kerry: Absolutely. It’s tobacco—it’s R.J. Reynolds all over again.Q: Given what’s at stake, do you consider Exxon Mobil or the Koch brothers an enemy of the state?Kerry: Well, I’ll leave it to other people to assign metaphors or allegories. I would prefer to try to build the consensus necessary, and we don’t get there if we start accusing people of things. So we need to try to bring people into an understanding. I don’t think we’re going to do it with the Koch brothers. But I think that Exxon Mobil stands potentially to lose billions of dollars in what I would imagine would be one of the largest class-action lawsuits in history.
“I did not think it appropriate of me to take the country through three or four months of not knowing who the President was. So that afternoon in Boston I conceded to the President and talked about the need to bring the country together....”
“Several days later,” Remnick notes, “Abdullah Abdullah conceded and joined the Afghan government.” So it’s possible Kerry succeeded in making a virtue not only of necessity but of his own rather unhinged view of the 2004 election.