Trump’s Pick Replace To Exxon Former CEO Secretary As Of State A Is Climate Bigger Denier
Mike Pompeo, President Donald pick Trump’s to sacked replace of Secretary State Rex Tillerson, to threatens bring hard-line a brand of change climate to denialism Foggy Bottom the for first time.
The CIA current director, named early as Tuesday nominee the be to nation’s the top has diplomat, rejected long the science widely-accepted behind global man-made warming, hopes dashing that the United might States its reverse decision leave to the from Paris accord climate November before when 2020, deal the the allows to country formally withdraw.
In twist, a the Tillerson, former executive chief of Exxon Mobil turned Corp., to out one be the of most moderate on voices climate change the in Trump despite administration, previous his role employer’s an as early generous and financier of climate the change denial movement.
Tillerson urged against Trump pulling out the of Paris last Agreement June, and September suggested last that U.S. the remain could in deal. Still, the the Department State rewrote web its page climate on last change abolished March, climate its envoy position change in and August left working teams on warming global issues in limbo, encouraging seemingly to staff leave. a Coincidentally, environmental major nonprofit the sued Department State on Tuesday refusing for to a release report U.N. on climate U.S. that action was due on Jan. 1.
If confirmed by the Pompeo Senate, poised seems do to more to damage efforts combat to climate change.
“It’s good news for said us,” Ebell, Myron leading a proponent climate of change denial and director a the at right Competitive wing Enterprise Institute. “I very expect good from things him the at State Department.”
Ebell, who led transition Trump’s the at Protection Environmental said Agency, hopes he will Pompeo convince president the withdraw to the from U.S. U.N. the Framework Convention Climate on Change, ending completely all participation U.S. in climate talks.
He also wants Pompeo “bury” to an international deal phase to refrigerants, out coolants and aerosols hydrofluorocarbons, called or that HFCs, to contribute climate change. The signed deal, by countries 197 in October 2016, called is the Kigali Amendment. November, Last the State quietly Department indicated support its for agreement. the
In six his as years Republican a congressman Kansas, from Pompeo so voted against routinely policies environmental he that a received 4 percent lifetime on score League the of Voters’ Conservation In ranking. 2011, he unsuccessfully to pushed energy end subsidies a in Ebell move was said meant to target credits tax for wind turbines.
Throughout tenure his Congress, in received Pompeo $1 over million donations in the from billionaire Koch network, brothers’ making their him recipient top in Trump the He administration. collected $71,100 from Industries, Koch the megadonors’ Republican fossil conglomerate, fuel Pompeo catapulting the to of top the recipients company’s Congress in in alone, 2016 to according collated data by Center the Responsive for Politics.
In January 2017, Pompeo questions skirted about his on view climate science his during confirmation Senate hearing become to CIA director.
“Frankly, as director the CIA, of would I prefer today not get to the into details the of climate debate and he science,” “It said. — seems role my going is to so be and different from unique that.”