In a letter to supporters, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, announced her opposition to President Trump’s nominee to be the top scientist at the Department of Agriculture, Sam Clovis. She highlighted his lack of professional qualifications as well as his “absurd” statements on climate science, LGBTQ issues, and race. She is the first member of the Agriculture Committee to formally oppose Clovis’ nomination.
Climate Hawks Vote executive director Brad Johnson responds:
“We thank Sen. Stabenow for opposing Sam Clovis, a bush-league Rush Limbaugh clone with an ugly history of racist, bigoted, and anti-science rants. Clovis is a radical threat to the services the Department of Agriculture provides for rural and urban Americans. As the climate crisis grows, we need the leadership of scientists, not racist conspiracy theorists. Michigan’s cherry crop deserves better than Sam Clovis.”
Over 36,000 Climate Hawks Vote members from across the nation have signed a petition calling for the U.S. Senate to stop the confirmation of Sam Clovis as the U.S. Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics.