January 10, 2017
“The thing about this guy, is that he has been in cahoots with the fossil industry, and now he’s been nominated to be secretary of state. I’d like to ask him why he thinks he should be secretary of state.”
So spoke Kiran Oommen, one of 21 youngsters who are set to question under oath Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s nominee to be America’s top diplomat.
Lawyers for the young people, who are suing the federal government to try and force it to take action against climate change, want Mr Tillerson to reveal just what he and, the industry he worked for, knew about climate change and the impact of fossil fuels in warming the planet. The lawsuit also targets energy industry groups – the American Petroleum Institute (API), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) – who the youngsters claim worked to stop the government from taking action.
Lawyers for the young people have sought to get the testimonyfrom Mr Tillerson on January 19, the day before be is due to become US Secretary of State. They hope to prove that energy trade associations have known about the dangers of climate change since the 1960s and worked to cover them up.
This article was posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 5:35 am