For Immediate Release
350.org on Senate Confirming Zinke as Interior Secretary
WASHINGTON - Today, the Senate voted 68-31 to confirm Rep. Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary. In response, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:
“Once again, the Trump administration is stacking their cards in favor of the fossil fuel industry. Zinke is another climate science-denier with ties to Big Oil who won’t lift a finger for real climate action. His agenda will put communities in danger and, if the coal moratorium is lifted, would spell disaster for the climate. People across the country have been resisting the fossil fuel industry’s grasp on public lands for years, and we’ll continue fighting to keep fossil fuels in the ground.”
In January, people across the country joined rallies at U.S. Senators in-state offices for the #DayAgainstDenial, urging their elected officials to reject Zinke and the rest of Trump’s climate-denying cabinet nominees. Communities across the country and around the world are mobilizing for the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC on April 29.
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.