For Immediate Release
350.org on Rick Perry’s Confirmation for Energy Secretary
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Senate voted 62-37 to confirm former Texas governor Rick Perry as Energy Secretary. In response, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:
“Trump just added one more unqualified fossil fuel shill and climate-denier to his cabinet. As governor, Perry doled out millions to oil corporations while silencing the science that tells us our future depends on keeping fossil fuels in the ground. In April, we’ll be in the streets with tens of thousands of people defending that science, demanding a just transition to a clean energy economy, and resisting Big Oil’s grasp on our government.”
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.