Secretary of State
Rex Tillerson joined Exxon Company, U.S.A (the world’s largest oil & gas company in 2016) in 1975 as a production engineer and rose to CEO all while Exxon knew that fossil fuels cause global warming but hid that information from the public. Exxon Mobil advises and is a top sponsor of ALEC Koch Brothers affiliated organization.
Environmental Protection Administrator
Scott Pruitt Attorney General of Oklahoma 2010 to present, on his watch the oil industry earthquakes went from 2 to 1,000 a year, even if they stop today the earthquake damage is expected to continue for years to come.
As Oklahoma attorney general, he established a “federalism unit to combat unwarranted regulation and overreach by the federal government.” Pruitt defended Exxon against allegations that it knew about climate change for decades and misled the public; he fought to restrict clean water protections.
Koch Industries PAC contributed $10,000 to Pruitt’s attorney general campaigns in 2010 and 2014. Other contributors include Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, and ExxonMobil. The Republican State Leadership Committee, to which Koch Industries has given nearly $1.3 million in the last decade, spent $150,000 supporting Pruitt in the 2010 race. In 2014, Freedom Partners gave $175,000 to the political nonprofit Pruitt directed. Koch Industries has contributed to Pruitt’s Attorney General Campaigns in Oklahoma, as have many other companies with ties to ALEC (Koch Brothers affiliated organization).
Pruitt is currently suing the EPA, and is a proponent of looser federal regulations on the oil and gas industry and increased drilling on federal lands.
Department of the Treasury Secretary
Steven Mnuchin has deep ties on Wall Street as a partner for Goldman Sachs. Koch, Enron, BP, Mobil and J. Aron – a division of Goldman Sachs joined forces in a collaboration called the Energy Group. This corporate alliance fought to prohibit the federal government from policing oil and gas derivatives.
Mnuchin’s hedge fund also played a role in the housing crisis, under Mnuchin’s ownership, IndyMac bank foreclosed on 36,000 families, particularly elderly residents trapped in reverse mortgages. The bank, which was renamed OneWest, was also accused of racially discriminatory lending practices.
Rep. Maxine Waters Urges Rejection of “Foreclosure King” Mnuchin for Treasury & Sessions for AG.
Department of Justice Attorney General
Jeff Sessions opposes the Voting Rights Act, support for anti-immigration legislation and has history of making racist comments. Jeff Sessions has received campaign donations of $10,000 from Koch Brothers, Exxon Mobil and Berkshire Hathaway.
Department of Health and
Human Services Secretary
Tom Price has plans to cut Medicare by $449 billion and proposed cutting Medicaid funding that goes to the state governments by more than $1 trillion.
Price is the chair of the House Budget Committee, a member of the Tea Party Caucus and one of the leading opponents of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Price is connected to the Voice of Freedom PAC in part funded by the Koch Brothers.
Department of Transportation Secretary
Elaine Chao is the wife of Mitch McConnell, much of her career has been spent working for lobbying firms including the Heritage Foundation funded in part by the Koch Brothers.
Department of Education Secretary
Betsy DeVos, is a billionaire who has given millions of dollars to Republican candidates and super PACs. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, she has attended many Koch fundraisers and has donated to Americans for Prosperity and other Koch-funded organizations. DeVos has also pushed legislation for the privatization of school systems – which ALEC (Koch Brothers affiliated organization) is a proponent of and has model legislation for.
US Representative to the United Nations
Nikki Haley has taken $127,491.00 from the oil & gas industry in campaign contributions she also supports offshore drilling. Kikki attended the 2013 Koch Donor Network Conference and has pushed many of ALEC (Koch Brothers affiliated Organization), sponsored model legislation, including one about voter identification laws and a charter school bill.
Central Intelligence Agency Director
Mike Pompeo, is one of Charles and David Koch (oil and gas tycoons) closest allies in Congress. His firm Sentry International, a company that sells pumping units for oil and gas development, of which he is the president, partnered with Koch Industries through its Brazilian distributor. Pompeo received campaign contributions from Koch Industries, and is involved with Americans for Prosperity (a Tea Party group founded by David Koch).
He voted yes on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling, voted yes on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP, voted no on EPA regulation of greenhouse gases, voted to let wind energy production tax credit expire.
Gov. Terry Branstad raised hundreds of thousands of dollars out of Texas from fossil fuel/oil industry.
Department of Agriculture Secretary
In 2004, Purdue sued the Environmental Protection Agency to lock environmental regulations on reformulated gasoline. In a 2014 editorial published by National Review, Perdue criticized attempts by “some on the left or in the mainstream media” to connect climate change to weather events. Perdue wrote that “liberals have lost all credibility when it comes to climate science because their arguments have become so ridiculous and so obviously disconnected from reality”.
Department of Commerce Secretary
Investor Wilbur Ross, famous for his big appetite for distressed debt, has spent several hundred million on buying debt in the oil and gas industry and has been identified as a friend of David Koch.
Secretary of the Air Force
Voted NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets, voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation, voted NO on tax incentives for renewable energy, voted NO on investing in homegrown biofuel, voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies, and voted NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore.
Department of Energy Secretary
Rick Perry has close ties to the Texas oil industry and has corporate roles in two petroleum companies, which developed the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, has agreements with subsidiaries of Exxon and is a member of ALEC (Koch Brothers affiliated organization).
Department of Housing and
Urban Development Secretary
Ben Carson feels the climate debate is distracting and irrelevant.
Department of the Interior Secretary
Ryan Zinke’s has ties to an oil pipeline technology company, committed to a formal review of reversing the ban on Arctic drilling and committed travel fraud when he was a member of the elite Navy SEAL. He currently sits on the House Natural Resources Committee. He has opposed land transfer legislation in his state of Montana, but is a proponent of pipelines and the recipient of large oil and gas-linked campaign donations.
Department of Labor Secretary
After public demonstrations, Andrew Puzder withdrew from consideration for Labor Secretary. Andrew Puzder’s wide stock holdings include several oil and gas pipeline companies, including shares of Energy Transfer Partners, owner of the controversial Dakota Pipeline.