Mike Pompeo, Climate Policy Foe, Picked to Replace Tillerson at State

"Trump fired Rex Tillerson, a former Exxon CEO who supported staying in the Paris climate accord. Pompeo is a Koch brothers ally and climate policy critic."

"With Rex Tillerson's firing, President Donald Trump's new choice for Secretary of State—Mike Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman currently serving as director of the CIA—signals a hardening stance against international engagement on climate change.

Pompeo's career in business and politics was tightly intertwined with the oil magnate Koch brothers, and he has shown a deep disregard for climate science and the need to address the climate crisis.

As a congressman, Pompeo said the Paris climate agreement amounted to "bow(ing) down to radical environmentalists," and he blasted President Barack Obama for what Pompeo called a "perverse fixation on achieving his economically harmful environmental agenda" in the 2015 talks."

Marianne Lavelle reports for InsideClimate News March 13, 2018.


"Pompeo, Koch Ally And Paris Climate Critic, Tipped as US Secretary Of State" (Climate Home News)

"Pompeo, Trump’s Pick for Secretary of State, Is a ‘Great Climate Skeptic’" (New York Times)

"Trump’s Pick To Replace Former Exxon CEO As Secretary Of State Is A Bigger Climate Denier" (HuffPost)

"Greens Fear Climate Backslide With Pompeo As Top U.S. Diplomat" (Reuters)

Source: InsideClimate News, 03/14/2018