This week Senators will begin hearings on Donald Trump’s picks for his cabinet — including the climate deniers he’s chosen for every major environment related position in the White House.
Tomorrow, Monday January 9, is our chance to push back. A huge coalition of groups are organizing actions at Senate offices in all 50 states to oppose the Climate Denier Cabinet.
The #DayAgainstDenial will put pressure on every single Senator to stand up against Trump’s reckless picks — and there’s an event near you in Columbia.
We need to make sure every Senator knows that the climate is changing and anyone who denies it should not be in the White House Cabinet. Here’s who Trump has nominated:
- Secretary of State: ExxonMobil’s CEO Rex Tillerson, a top funder of climate denial and attacks on climate action who helped in Exxon’s cover up of its climate science.
- Environmental Protection Agency: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who spent most of his time in office filing (and losing) lawsuits against the EPA. He even let an oil company write some of his official correspondence.
- Department of Energy: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is on the board of the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline, and said he wanted to eliminate the agency altogether.
- Department of Interior: Rep. Ryan Zinke, who has been fighting to dig up as much coal, oil and gas from public lands as possible.
These men (and yes, almost all Trump’s nominees are white men) could do enormous damage in office. Big Oil would effectively be in control of our foreign policy, energy policy and environmental policy. Senators should reject each of them.
The resistance to Trump is just beginning. In the coming weeks there will also be massive rallies in many cities on January 20, the day of Trump’s inauguration. And there will be many opportunities to fight Trump’s nominees in hearings, and up to 30 hours of floor debate for each nominee. But it’s essential that we start with a bang this Monday – so every Senator knows that the climate movement will show up to stop them.