Gardner Greenwashes Public Lands Record, Still on Wrong Side of Conservationists on CORE Act, Pendley
Gardner Admits His Push for Conservation Bill is Political, Runs Another Deceiving Campaign Ad
Denver, CO – As Senator Cory Gardner is desperately attempting to greenwash his record of “supporting Trump and his anti-conservation agenda at seemingly every turn,” he is continuing to earn his failing lifetime score of 11% from the League of Conservation Voters: this week alone, Gardner still refuses to support the bipartisan CORE Act to protect 400,000 acres of Colorado public lands and refuses to oppose Trump’s pick to lead the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), anti-conservation zealot William Perry Pendley.
Earlier this month, Gardner admitted his push for the Great American Outdoors Act is a political ploy to boost his campaign. Facing the loss of Gardner’s seat and the Senate majority along with it, McConnell “commandeered a top priority of [Democrats] to benefit” Gardner and is attempting to hand Gardner a political favor to save his flailing campaign.
Colorado Democratic Party spokesperson Eli Rosen:
“Senator Gardner thinks he can deceive Coloradans and hide his absolute support for President Trump’s anti-environment, anti-science agenda and somehow sell himself as a conservation hero come election time. Coloradans won’t be fooled by his election-year greenwashing, especially while he simultaneously refuses to support the CORE Act and stays silent on Trump’s pick to lead the BLM, William Perry Pendley, who has crusaded his whole life to sell off our treasured public lands.”
Here are the facts on Gardner’s abysmal environmental record:
- Gardner, who is “new to the fight to protect the LWCF,” voted to slash funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund as recently as 2018 and to virtually eliminate its funding in 2011.
- Gardner has repeatedly refused to answer simple questions on Pendley’s nomination for nearly a year or oppose the nomination outright, despite Pendley pushing to sell off public lands to build Trump’s border wall, oppose public lands and wildlife protections, and his writing that the “Founding Fathers intended all lands owned by the federal government to be sold,”
- Gardner refuses to support the decade-in-the-making CORE Act, which won’t “see the light of day in the Senate” without his support on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
- Gardner has supported the Trump administration unwaveringly as they have overseen the largest rollback of protected public lands in U.S. history, dismantled efforts to fight climate change, and gutted clean water protections.