Senate Intelligence Committee Votes to Approve Climate Denier Dan Coats for DNI 13 to 2

Posted by Brad Johnson Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:15:00 GMT

Another climate denier is one step closer to filling another seat in Donald Trump’s cabinet. On Thursday, March 9, the U.S. Senate Select Committee for Intelligence advanced the nomination of Dan Coats, Republican of Indiana, to the Senate floor.

Coats has dismissed the threat of global warming when asked, talking about snowstorms as if they disprove manmade climate change.

Only Democrats Ron Wyden of Oregon and Kamala Harris of California voted against the former senator and corporate lobbyist, who has limited foreign-affairs or intelligence experience.

Voting to approve Coats were all eight Republicans on the committee and five of seven Democrats.
  • Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
  • James Risch (R-Idaho)
  • Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
  • Susan Collins (R-Maine)
  • Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
  • James Lankford (R-Okla.)
  • Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)
  • John Cornyn (R-Texas)
  • Mark Warner (D-Va.)
  • Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
  • Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.)
  • Angus King (I-Maine)
  • Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.)

These five members of the Democratic caucus (King is an independent) have voted for other of Trump’s climate-denier nominees, despite all professing concern about the threat of manmade climate change.