For Immediate Release
350.org on Senate Confirmation Vote for Pruitt
WASHINGTON - Today, following 30 hours of floor debate, the U.S. Senate voted 52-46 confirming Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s nomination for EPA Administrator. The vote comes after an Oklahoma County Court ruled yesterday that Pruitt was in violation of the state’s Open Records Act, and ordered his office to release thousands of emails.
In response, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:
“If you don’t believe in climate science, you don’t belong at the EPA. Scott Pruitt not only fails to meet the basic criteria for the job -- he’s fought this agency at every turn, and Oklahomans paid the price with their health and safety. For years, he’s been trying to hide his deep ties to Big Oil executives from the public. His confirmation is part of the Trump administration’s bigger plan to dismantle the EPA and stonewall climate action, but we won’t let them get away with it. The resistance to this administration’s corruption and greed is growing, and we’re coming together to fight the systems attempting to divide us and build the brighter world we know is possible.”
350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. But solutions exist. All around the world, a movement is building to take on the climate crisis, to get humanity out of the danger zone and below 350. This movement is massive, it is diverse, and it is visionary. We are activists, scholars, and scientists. We are leaders in our businesses, our churches, our governments, and our schools. We are clean energy advocates, forward-thinking politicians, and fearless revolutionaries. And we are united around the world, driven to make our planet livable for all who come after us.