For Immediate Release
TODAY: Nationwide Rallies to Demand Senators Reject Trump’s ‘Climate Denial Cabinet’
#DayAgainstDenial will target U.S. Senators ahead of Cabinet confirmation hearings
WHAT: Rallies will be held across the country targeting U.S. Senators as part of a ‘Day Against Denial’ aimed at stopping Trump’s Climate Denial Cabinet, including: Rex Tillerson, recent former CEO of ExxonMobil for Secretary of State; Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator; Ex-Gov. Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy; and Rep. Ryan Zinke for Department of Interior.
WHO: A coalition of climate and environmental organizations joined by people in dozens of states across the country who are concerned about the future of our climate and our communities.
WHERE: At U.S. Senators’ in-state offices nationwide. Over 70 events have been planned. See a full map of rallies here.
WHEN: TODAY, Monday, January 9, 2017.
WHY: All four Cabinet nominees have ties to the fossil fuel industry and a history of climate denial. As CEO of Exxon, Tillerson led the company on a decades-long and ongoing campaign deceiving the public about the dangerous impacts of their fossil fuels on our climate and communities, while raking in outrageous profits. An investigation revealed that Oklahoma Attorney General Pruitt allowed the fossil fuel industry to draft comment letters sent to the EPA on his own letterhead. Perry called climate change a “contrived phony mess” and was a director at Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the Dakota Access pipeline. Rep. Zinke said climate change is “not proven science.”
Trump’s other nominees include racist Senator Jeff Sessions and anti-labor CEO Andy Puzder. On-going actions targeting cabinet appointees are planned throughout January.
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