Saturday, January 7, 2017

Ask Your Senator to Reject Rex Tillerson, Petition

Following Sarah's message I add links to more articles regarding Tillerson and Exxon and also information about contacting State and Federal Representatives yourself.  Also fyi, 'Day Against Denial' to Reject Trump's Cabinet - Jan 9th.

I'm Sarah Rasmussen of Greenpeace, and I started a petition to the United States Senate, which says:
I am deeply concerned by Donald Trump's nomination of Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state. As your constituent, I am urging you to stand on the side of the American people in opposing this nomination and voting to block Tillerson's confirmation.

As if a cabinet of white nationalists, climate deniers, and Wall Street billionaires wasn't enough, Trump nominated Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson to serve as the next secretary of state.
Yes, that Exxon.
The same Exxon that knew about climate change as early as the 1970s and spent the next four decades spreading climate denial.1 The same Exxon that has spent millions to block climate action so it can drill for oil all over the world. The same Exxon that has routinely put its profits above people and the environment.
As the CEO of Exxon, Tillerson has consistently put his business interests above the well-being of the American people—as his cozy relationship with Vladimir Putin, who awarded him one of Russia's highest honor, reflects. He has gone so far as to publicly criticize sanctions on Russia, undermining U.S. international leadership to protect his own business dealings with Putin.2
If he becomes secretary of state, Tillerson would have immense power to spread the fossil fuel industry's polluting agenda as official U.S. foreign policy. But it's not set in stone yet.
This is urgent! The Senate can still block Tillerson's nomination—and it's up to YOU to make sure they do.
—Sarah Rasmussen, Greenpeace
1. "Exxon Knew about Climate Change almost 40 years ago," Scientific American, October 26, 2015
2. "Rex Tillerson’s Company, Exxon, Has Billions at Stake Over Sanctions on Russia," The New York Times, December 12, 2016
How Rex Tillerson Changed His Tune on Russia and Came to Court Its Rulers


Tips on Calling Your Member of Congress

When you dial 202-224-3121 you are directed to an operator at the Capitol switchboard. This switchboard can direct you to both senators as well as representatives.

Once the operator answers, ask to be connected to whomever you are trying to reach. They will send you to your senator's or representative's office line, and a legislative assistant will answer the phone.

It is important to let them know why you are calling and what issue you are calling about. You will sometimes be able to speak directly to your senator or representative, but more often you will speak to a staff person in the member's office. This person keeps track of how many people called and their positions on issues, and provides a summary to the member. Be assured that your call does count, even if you are not able to speak directly to your senator or representative.

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