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Video: Virginia Students Occupy Sen. Mark Warner’s Office, Demand He Votes No On Rex Tillerson


Great work by the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition. Just one tactical question is whether, at some point, it would make sense to accept the offer to meet with Warner staffer(s) – preferably senior – with an additional promise to try to arrange a conference call or meeting (or something!) with Sen. Warner as soon as possible?

Virginia Students Demand Mark Warner Votes No On Rex Tillerson

Washington, DC – 2/1/17: Today at 12:00 PM, several students and concerned citizens occupied the senate office of Mark Warner (D – VA). This is in response to his vote for cloture in Tillerson’s hearing – a stance shared by his GOP colleagues – and his heavy indication that he will vote in favor of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State. This vote will isolate him from the majority of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate, and is indicative of his unwillingness to stand up to the Trump Administration.

We’re demanding that Senator Warner vote “no” on Tillerson’s nomination – there is no negotiation with those who would destroy our climate for their own profit. Young people across Virginia need legislators who will stand up for their futures, not sell them out for the sake of political expediency.

“Democrats who claim to care about climate change and the future of our planet cannot in good conscience support the nomination of Rex Tillerson.” says Lauren Malhotra, Virginia Tech Class of 2017. “As Virginia youth, we’re demanding that Mark Warner represents the best interests of our commonwealth, which does not mean allowing Exxon Mobil to run the State Department.”

“Virginia is experiencing massive amounts of sea level rise in Hampton Roads, environmental devastation from fossil fuel extraction in Appalachia, and a state house dangerously controlled by big corporate interest.” says Drew Shannon, University of Mary Washington Class of 2019. “For Senator Warner to know all this and still choosing to vote in favor of a corrupt climate denier is not only negligent, it furthers the same systems of destruction.”


The Virginia Student Environmental Coalition (VSEC) is a statewide organization dedicated to unifying Virginia students and igniting an irreversible transition towards clean energy in Virginia.

  • And OF COURSE Warner doesn’t listen! Grrrrrrrrrrrrr….


  • Environment Virginia voices disappointment in Senator Warner’s support of Rex Tillerson, urges Senators to oppose Scott Pruitt to head EPA

    Richmond, VA —Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state in a 56-43 vote. Environment Virginia State Director Sarah Bucci issued the following statement in response:

    “While Virginia’s coast continues to face the threat of rising seas, what we need is a secretary of state, and an administration, who will keep America’s promise to slow global climate change and secure a better future for generations to come. We are deeply disappointed that Senator Mark Warner sided with Big Oil interests over the health of Virginians and the planet and voted to confirm Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.

    “Rex Tillerson has spent his entire career putting the profits and power of Exxon Mobil first, over our health, our environment and the future that Virginia and America’s children will inherit. His company is one of the nation’s worst air and water polluters. It is one of the world’s leading contributors to global warming. It has a history of funding propaganda designed to mislead Americans about the science of climate change.

    “We applaud Senator Tim Kaine for standing against climate change denial and voting against Rex Tillerson’s nomination.

    “Now, we look to Senators Warner and Kaine to stand up for Virginia’s air and water by opposing Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Virginians and all Americans deserve an EPA administrator who will fight to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the planet we love. Scott Pruitt fails on all these accounts. The Senate must stand with science. The Senate must stand up for our families’ health, clean water and clean air. We urge Senators Kaine and Warner to reject President Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA.”

    • dirich

      I called his aide to let him know how deeply disappointed I am in Warner. I have always been a worker bee for Dems – active on the committee, a canvasser, and a phone banker. I have worked very hard for Warner in the past, but not any more. As an environmentalist (and anti-pipeline activist) and a believer in what Dems are supposed to stand for, I cannot abide Warner voting for Tillerson when he did not have to. I guess he’s trying to shore up some Republican support???

  • Elaine Owens

    I’m not surprised. At best, Mark Warner is not a Democrat but a left-over Rockefeller Republican, a species considered extinct except for the few who are in hiding in the Democratic Party.

  • stuckinthewoods

    A long time ago there was a reason to boycott Coors beer, and recently one for Barilla pasta. My attitude and acceptance changed irrevocably although now I can’t even remember those reasons, those products are just permanently not choices I make.

    Warner won’t be able to be a voting choice for me even though by the time it comes up I may not remember exactly why. No, yeah, I will.