FEATURING LINDSAY MEIMAN – A Senate committee approved the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday. Overriding a Democratic boycott of the vote, Republican Senators changed the rules of confirmation and pushed Pruitt’s nomination through to the full Senate for a vote. Pruitt had sued the EPA over a dozen times to block climate and pollution-related rules.
Meanwhile, in more bad news for the planet, the man who until recently was the CEO of the world’s largest fossil fuel corporation, Exxon Mobil, has been confirmed as US Secretary of State, largely along party lines. Rex Tillerson faced the largest opposition a Secretary of State has ever faced in a confirmation vote in the Senate.
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Lindsay Meiman, US Communications Coordinator at 350.org.