Exxon supports carbon tax
ExxonMobil Corp. supports taxing carbon dioxide as the most efficient way of curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
ExxonMobil Corp . supports taxing carbon dioxide as the most efficient way of curbing greenhouse gas emissions. “As a businessman, it’s hard to speak favorably about any new tax, but a carbon tax strikes me as a more direct, more transparent, and more effective approach,” said Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxonmobil.
At a Dec. 11 event in Chicago, Tillerson described how he preferred a carbon tax to carbon trading programs such as those used in Europe. Tillerson believes that a cap and trade program will bring about unnecessary cost and complexity. The cap and trade program requires more regulation and Tillerson believes that a carbon tax is more easily implemented.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.