In a speech Wednesday, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson addressed three major energy issues: Climate change, oil and gas drilling pollution, and energy dependence. He said the fears about all three are overblown.
On Climate Change:
"Clearly there is going to be an impact," he said, but society will adapt to changes. "We have spent our entire existence adapting. We'll adapt," he said. "It's an engineering problem and there will be an engineering solution."
Risks are real, he said, but fears about accidents not well understood by a public that has a weak understanding of science and engineering. The industry's biggest challenge, he said, is "taking an illiterate public and try to help them understand why we can manage these risks."
On Energy Security:
"Some of the fears around energy security are not well founded," he said. "No one, anywhere, any place in the world has not been able to get crude oil to fuel their economies," he said.