Re-posted from GREENPEACE, January 10, 2017
by Ryan Schleeter
Donald Trump has nominated a slate of climate deniers and literal oil CEOs to lead his administration — but the people are fighting back.
If President-elect Donald Trump thought he would be able to steamroll the American people and appoint any science-denying white dude he wanted to his cabinet, then the people just proved him wrong.
Yesterday, thousands of people across all 50 states took action as part of the #DayAgainstDenial, demanding the Senate reject Trump’s nominations to lead the Departments of State, Energy, Interior, and the EPA — all of whom reject basic climate science. Already these demonstrations are having an impact: at least one Senate office said this was the largest meeting with voters they’ve ever had.
Take a look at these scenes from the people-powered movement to resist Trump.
Read more and see photos here.
Local news (below) by Christine Skolnik, Environmental Critique
On January 9th, people all over the country, under the auspices of 350.org, gathered to send a message to U. S. Senators: “Reject Donald Trump’s reckless climate denying cabinet nominees.”
Here in Chicago, members of local 350 chapters and allied organizations, headed by 350 Kishwaukee, protested at the John C. Kluczynski Federal Building at 230 South Dearborn Street. Approximately 120 people gathered to hear speakers and voice their vehement objections to the climate denier cabinet. Protestor representatives, organized by 350 Kishwaukee’s Charles Ryan, also met with the staff of U. S. Senators, Tammy Duckworth and Richard Durbin, and delivered a petition urging them to stand strong on the climate, and fight back against these dangerous cabinet picks:
- Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon, for Secretary of State
- Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator
- Ex-Gov. Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy
- Ryan Zinke for Department of Interior
“The climate is changing, and anyone who denies it shouldn’t be in the White House cabinet.”
It’s up to us tell the Senate to stop these nominations.
Contact your Senators and tell them to fight Trump’s Climate Denial Cabinet.
Senator Dick Durbin’s Office: http://www.durbin.senate.gov/contact/
Check out these regional 350 Chapters who signed on and participated in the Day Against Denial.
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