The first step to solving a problem is admitting there is one. But Donald Trump seems to have missed that day in rehab, and instead nominated former Exxon Mobil chairman, renowned climate change denier, and Russian Order of Friendship award recipient Rex Tillerson to be secretary of State. It's only fair to ask: Are people protesting Tillerson's confirmation hearing?
The lack of common sense and general wherewithal indicated in such a nomination is deeply troubling, and people are making their voices heard through protests in and around Tillerson's senate confirmation hearing.
He's been under the microscope for his ties to Russia and the wild conflict of interest those ties present. To be fair, in a relatively (which isn't saying much) encouraging move at the hearing today, Tillerson admitted that Russia “poses a danger.” It took some pressing from Sen. Marco Rubio, and even though he attempted to dodge the question at first, Tillerson finally came around, admitting that his Order of Friendship comrade likely knew about Russia's hack into the U.S. election.
But it's not just that. Having been a chairman for Exxon Mobil, the gravity of climate change is in danger of being swept under the rug. Although the official site for Exxon acknowledges that "the risk of climate change is clear and the risk warrants action," the Sierra Club, an environmental group, isn't buying it. In a statement, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune says:
And he's not the only one who's not taking the bait, as per the variety of protests happening around the nomination.
Rex Tillerson waits as another protester disrupts his confirmation hearing. pic.twitter.com/CCzkNYVlQb— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 11, 2017
Multiple times during the hearing, testimony halted as protesters yelled from the gallery in opposition to Trump's choice for secretary of state.
With a name like Rex ...
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Tillerson isn't the only Cabinet nominee who's a climate change denier. You can add Sen. Jeff Sessions and ex-Gov. Rick Perry (the guy who's ironically up for secretary of the Department of Energy) to the list, to name a few.
Looks like Code Pink (paid protest group) is going to be at every one of these confirmation hearings. Here they are at Rex Tillerson's conf. pic.twitter.com/7WfJlYiny5— Craig R. Brittain (@CraigRBrittain) January 11, 2017
Keep in mind, Cabinet nominations are rarely denied.
Suffice to say, people are not happy about Tillerson's nomination, and these protests at his confirmation hearing prove just that.