Welcome to the United States of Exxon

Friends of the Earth president Erich Pica

The Senate today voted to confirm former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. This is a statement from Friends of the Earth president Erich Pica.

Welcome to the United States of Exxon, where Big Oil no longer has to buy off the government because it now actually is the government. Rex Tillerson, the country’s chief Oil Baron, is now the country’s chief diplomat.

Trump and Tillerson are cut from the same cloth — driven by greed and devoid of a moral compass. Only a morally bankrupt president would want his secretary of state to be a man who made his career and his many millions off of vast human suffering, environmental destruction, and climate denial. And only morally bankrupt senators would vote to put him there.

Sens. Collins, McCain, Rubio and Graham have made the world less safe for our children and our children’s children, and we will hold them accountable for that. Shame on Sens. Manchin, Heitkamp, Warner and King. In voting for Tillerson, they have advanced the Trump administration’s Islamophobic, racist, misogynistic and xenophobic foreign policy agenda.

We also recognize the 43 senators who did the right thing, the largest showing of disapproval for a president’s nominee for secretary of state in memory. Their vote against Tillerson is a vote against Trump’s tyranny. With them and with the billions of people in this world who refuse to kowtow to Trump’s tyranny, we will #Resist.