President-elect Trump has tapped Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his nominee for secretary of state. Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement in response: “We deserve a secretary of state who puts America's wellbeing and future first. Rex Tillerson has spent his entire career putting the profits and power of Exxon Mobil first, over our health, our environment and the future that America's children will inherit. His company is one of the nation’s worst air and water polluters. It is one of the world’s leading contributors to global warming. It has a history of funding propaganda designed to mislead Americans about the science of climate change.
With solar power on the rise around the country, a national network of fossil fuel and utility-backed organizations have joined forces to put the brakes on this fast growing pollution-free energy resource. Trade groups and think tanks backed by deep pocketed anti-clean energy ideologues and fossil interests are bankrolling campaigns, promoting model legislation and media campaigns to provide cover for anti-solar campaigns across the country, said a new report released today by Environment New York Research & Policy Center. “Pollution-free solar energy represents New York’s most abundant energy resource” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “For our climate and our environment, we can’t allow special interest forces in the fossil fuel industry to pull the plug on the bright potential of solar power.”
According to press reports, President-elect Trump has chosen Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York’s, issued the following statement in response:
“We need an Environmental Protection Agency Administrator who protects our environmental laws, is guided by science when crafting and implementing policy, puts public health ahead of dirty energy special interests, and has the qualifications necessary to safeguard the American public from climate change. President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt meets none of those criteria.