President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday for his confirmation hearing. The committee grilled Tillerson on his worrisome connections to Russia and Vladimir Putin, but that wasn’t enough for climate change crazies, who demanded the ExxonMobil CEO account for his past denial of global warming.
Protesters lined up outside of the Capitol building sporting elaborate T-rex costumes and holding signs that read “Investigate Exxon” and “Exxon Knew.”
— Jack Miller (@politicalmiller) January 11, 2017
Worried this Tillerson hearing will be all about Russia and ignore ExxonMobil's horrific history on climate
— Will Bunch (@Will_Bunch) January 11, 2017
— Ben Swasey (@benswasey) January 11, 2017
— CCL Salt Lake City (@CCLsaltlake) January 11, 2017
A few minutes into the hearing, a female protester interrupted, shouting, “Rex Tillerson, I reject you! My home was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy!"
— remmagolds (@regoldstein1203) January 11, 2017
Then came the Green Peace protesters:
Protester, now removed: "Please don't put Exxon in charge of the State Department."
— Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) January 11, 2017
— Timothy Cama (@Timothy_Cama) January 11, 2017
And still no mention of Russia from the enviro-nutzos…
— 350 dot org (@350) January 11, 2017
— Win Without War (@WinWithoutWar) January 11, 2017
Call Your Senators: Reject Rex Tillerson | Climate Truth https://t.co/CP0zNx7QFs
— Rita (@hugwildlife) January 11, 2017
In one sense, the liberal loonies are right. Tillerson should be questioned about his views on climate change, which have evolved significantly over the years. His company now claims that global warming is such an enormous risk that the government should impose a "revenue-neutral" tax on greenhouse emissions. That is certainly problematic, though still not as big of a concern as dubious foreign connections (shout-out to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. (C, 74%), for hammering in on that point).
The committee did address climate change, briefly, and Tillerson acknowledged it to be a problem that “isn’t going to be solved on its own.” Read: Government intervention. The Green Peace protesters seem to have missed that part.
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Carly Hoilman is a Correspondent for Conservative Review. You can follow her on Twitter @CarlyHoilman.