The nomination of Rex Tillerson, CEO of one of the largest and most environmentally destructive fossil fuel corporations in the world, to serve as the United States' top diplomat is not only unprecedented – it’s dangerous and irresponsible. Tillerson’s nomination cements the fact that clean air, clean water, public lands, and a safe climate are public enemy number one in Trump’s administration.
Appointing an oil executive with zero government experience to be Secretary of State undermines U.S. foreign relations and leadership in addressing climate change and human rights violations around the world. ExxonMobil – where Tillerson has worked for his entire career over the past 40 years – has deliberately concealed its knowledge of climate science while funding denialist groups for decades. It was also responsible for the Exxon Valdez oil spill, one of the costliest environmental disasters in history, and has a history of supporting violence and intimidation against local communities facing its global operations.
Donald Trump is fundamentally corrupting our democracy and scamming the American people. Tillerson’s nomination is just one more example of how Trump’s government will put corporate profits and political favors above people and the planet. At a time when the climate crisis is deepening, both the U.S. and the world deserve much better than having one of the planet’s top fossil fuel tycoons lead our foreign policy.
The good news is that this is not a done deal and your voice is needed now more than ever. Send a message to your Senators urging them to stand for people and the planet by strongly opposing Tillerson's nomination for Secretary of State!