I am calling to ask Senator Gardner to oppose William Perry Pendley’s temporary appointment to head the Bureau of Land Management. Pendley has an outrageous anti-public lands track record, including:
- He repeatedly sued the Interior Department on behalf of those seeking to weaken environmental protections. He did this in the capacity of president of the Mountain States Legal Foundation.
- He celebrated the Trump administration’s illegal decision to reduce national monuments, including spectacular Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah.
- He is on record sympathizing with extremists like the Bundys who have instigated armed standoffs against federal agents, aligning himself with fringe movements to illegally seize public lands owned by all Americans.
- His twitter handle is “@Sagebrush_Rebel” and he’s built his career supporting a revolt against federal authority and environmental laws.
I am calling to ask Senator Gardner to stand up for our public lands. The Trump administration is not playing fair by temporarily appointing a head of the BLM without going through the congressional review process. Sen. Gardner should reject any attempt to reduce or eliminate protections for our shared public lands.
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