An environmental activist interrupted the first Senate confirmation hearing for ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson Wednesday when she stood up and yelled about how Hurricane Sandy destroyed her home.
“Rex Tillerson, I reject you,” said the activist before being dragged out of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing room. “My home was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy!”
President-Elect Donald Trump decision to name Tillerson as his secretary of state rankled environmentalists and Democrats who argue the U.S. should have a “Big Oil” executive making foreign policy decisions.
Some environmentalists have attacked Tillerson for being CEO of a company that supposedly tried to cover up global warming science for decades while funding conservative groups opposed to government regulations.
That’s probably why the hearing heckler chose to yell about Hurricane Sandy — environmentalists say global warming strengthened the storm.
Protesters gathered on Capitol Hill to march against confirming Tillerson. Environmentalists and even Code Pink activists gathered outside Senate offices holding signs and waiting for Tillerson’s hering to begin.
“Hey, hey, ho, ho, Rex Tillerson has got to go,” protesters shouted before the hearing started. Some protesters were even wearing Tyrannosaurus Rex costumes.
— Sierra Club Live (@SierraClubLive) January 11, 2017
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