Exxon Mobil's new chairman and CEO, Darren Woods, supports the Paris climate change deal and wants the U.S. to take action to combat global warming.
"I believe, and my company believes, that climate risks warrant action and it's going to take all of us – business, governments and consumers – to make meaningful progress," Woods said in his first blog post since taking the helm of the major oil company.
Woods replaces former CEO Rex Tillerson, who left the company after being selected by President Trump to serve as secretary of state.
"At Exxon Mobil, we're encouraged that the pledges made at last year's Paris Accord create an effective framework for all countries to address rising emissions," Woods said. "In fact, our company forecasts carbon reductions consistent with the results of the Paris accord commitments."
Woods' statement comes the same day a group of 300 climate skeptics urged Trump to pull out of the United Nations' climate framework, which would essentially cancel the U.S.'s obligations under the Paris agreement that former President Barack Obama signed onto in December 2015.
Trump has pledged to withdraw from the Paris agreement. He also is expected to issue an executive order soon that rolls back the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which imposes emissions reductions on the states and is part of the U.S.'s plan to meet its obligations under the non-binding Paris deal. Scientists blame greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels, such as crude oil, for driving manmade climate change.
Woods said the company is still in the business of feeding the world's growing demand for energy, which "creates a dual challenge" of both "providing energy to meet people's needs while managing the risks of climate change."
He is convinced that the challenge will be met "by taking advantage of human ingenuity, embracing free markets and enacting sound government policies," he added.
"We can meet the world's energy needs and meet all of our shared aspirations in an environmentally and socially responsible way," he said. "ExxonMobil is committed to achieving these goals."