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Mining Awareness preface: Tillerson gave himself 90 days to divest Exxon stock, so apparently still has some. The head of Saudi Arabia is in Japan now too. Tillerson wouldn’t want to invite press to what certainly looks like one or more secretive high level oil and gas meetings, involving Exxon’s Russian far eastern Sakhalin project, and since Saudi will be there, perhaps organization of a cartel to raise oil and prices and/or a stock pump and dump scam? Or to otherwise parcel up the market? There was a big energy meeting in the US last week – CERA week, which featured “Dialogue Russia’s energy future”. It is run by Daniel Yergin-IHS Markit. Yergin currently serves on the US-Russia Business Council board for IHS Markit. Exxon (Exxon Neftegaz Ltd – ENL) is operator and partnered with Russian State owned Rosneft at Sakhalin.

(Yergin is listed as Senior Advisor to Doug Kimmelman (Sr. Partner Energy Capital Partners, which owns EnergySolutions). Kimmelman’s EnergySolutions holds almost complete monopoly on the US “low-level” nuclear waste sector and held a fund-raiser, and gave around $300,000 to Trump. Currently the US DOJ is examining EnergySolutions attempts to take over competitor WCS, which would help explain the huge donation to Trump. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/01/19/kukes-russian-oil-magnate-with-ties-to-putin-and-cheney-gave-almost-300000-to-trump/ )

The good news is that if the prices goes up, people will find ways to economize and to push harder for alternative energy.

Tillerson had 90 days to divest, as was reported here in January: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/tillerson-ethics-document-allows-90-days-to-divest-stocks-many-are-related-to-military-many-are-foreign-plus-legal-loopholes/

ANOTHER THOUGHT: IS TILLERSON GOING SOMEPLACE OFF THE RECORD WHERE HE WON’T TAKE THE JOURNALISTS? MAYBE TO RUSSIA?

Senator Markey Decries Secretary Tillerson’s Decision to Make Official Asia-Pacific Trip Without Press Friday, March 10, 2017

Echoes broader failure by the Trump administration to demonstrate a commitment to free and independent media

Says Markey, “Restricting the public’s access to information only foments distrust.”

Washington (March 10, 2017) – As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson prepares to travel to the Asia-Pacific region, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) called on the nation’s top diplomat to reverse his decision to make the trip without an accompanying press pool.

In the letter, Senator Markey argues that traveling without reporters sends a dangerous signal to other countries about the U.S. commitment to a vibrant media, especially in China, which suffers from a lack of press freedoms.

Senator Markey also points to the value of media coverage of upcoming meetings in Japan and South Korea to signal the strength of these critical Asia-Pacific alliances, especially in the face of North Korean provocations.
 
Until this week, the State Department had not held a single press briefing.

Recently, when NBC News journalist Andrea Mitchell attempted to ask Secretary Tillerson questions about U.S. policy toward China and Russia, she was escorted out of the room. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer also selectively blocked a number of media outlets from attending a press briefing at the White House last month.
 
“The decision to exclude reporters from your trip falls into a broader pattern of efforts by the Trump administration to sideline and undermine the press,” said Senator Markey, top Democrat on the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “A robust and independent press is essential for informing the American people about U.S. foreign policy and holding the government accountable, and I urge you to reconsider your decision.”
 
A copy of Senator Markey’s letter can he found HERE.
 https://www.markey.senate.gov/news/press-releases/senator-markey-decries-secretary-tillersons-decision-to-make-official-asia-pacific-trip-without-press
Emphasis added to original letter:


https://www.markey.senate.gov//imo/media/doc/Tillerson%20on%20Press%20Access.pdf