Shareholders at ExxonMobil’s annual meeting voted in a short-sighted fashion that ignores the present realities of global warming [“Exxon shareholders reject policies to limit climate change,” News, May 26].

The effects of burning fossil fuels are already being felt in the United States and the world in rising tides and temperatures.

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In defeating policies to reduce the damage of global warming, ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson and the shareholders demonstrated a lack of moral leadership and willful denial.

Technologies to replace fossil fuels are already here in wind and solar. The situation is far more serious than their decisions reflect.

Gregory Alexander

Stony Brook