Green groups blast Trump's reported pick of Exxon CEO for State

Green groups blast Trump's reported pick of Exxon CEO for State
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Environmental groups on Saturday ripped President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE's reported pick of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of State.

NextGen Climate, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the Sierra Club criticized the selection of Tillerson, who the New York Times said is expected to be offered the position this weekend.

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“Just when we thought Trump’s cabinet could not get farther away from the needs of the American people, he sneaks in a Saturday appointment of Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State," Greenpeace spokesperson Cassady Craighill said in a statement.

"In this position, Tillerson will try his hardest to silence global initiatives and the right of state attorney generals to hold fossil fuel companies legally accountable for climate change. We will not silenced, and we will not allow this cabinet of billionaires to steamroll the people," she added.

Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer said Tillerson's nomination "completes the takeover of our democracy by Big Oil, Wall Street and the Far Right."

"Mr. Tillerson manages to embody them all," the NextGen Climate president said in a statement, calling on the Senate to fight his nomination.

Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune also blasted the oil executive, arguing that the U.S. needs a secretary of State who will be able to address the issue of climate change on the world stage.

“At a time when the climate crisis is deepening, both the United States and the world deserve much better than having one of the planet’s top fossil fuel tycoons run U.S. foreign policy," Brune said in a statement.

"We urge Senators, who are elected to represent and protect the American people, to stand up for families across the country and the world and oppose this nomination,” said Brune, adding that he was "shocked but not surprised" by the announcement.

Friends of the Earth, a network of environmental groups, also called for the Senate to fight Tillerson's nomination.

"Rex Tillerson should be prosecuted for the climate fraud and lying that Exxon Mobil has commenced over the years, not nominated as Secretary of State," Friends of the Earth president Erich Pica said in a statement.

Other groups, including 350.org and Food & Water Watch, have also attacked Trump's reported selection of Tillerson and warned of negative environmental consequences should he be confirmed.

May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, an environmental organization that has previously attacked Exxon over its climate-related policies, called the pick "unfathomable." 
 
"We can’t let Trump put the world’s largest oil company in charge of our international climate policy," Boeve said in a statement slamming Exxon.

Tillerson has emerged as an unexpected front-runner to become the nation's next top diplomat over several other potential picks including 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
 
Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton is expected to be named deputy secretary of State, NBC News reported Saturday.
 
Updated: 7:09 p.m.