Gardner **Still** Silent On Anti-Public Lands Zealot Pendley, Even After Judge Rules He Illegally Ran BLM
CPR: “Sen. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, did not publicly respond to the judge’s ruling”
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Editorial: “A win for the Constitution”
Denver, CO – Senator Cory Gardner “did not publicly respond” after a federal judge ruled that anti-public lands zealot William Perry Pendley was serving illegally in his post at the Bureau of Land Management and ordered his removal. Pendley has come under extreme scrutiny for his anti-conservation views — like writing that the “Founding Fathers intended all lands owned by the federal government to be sold” and denying climate science — causing environmental advocates to say “there’s really no one less qualified to lead the BLM.”
Despite environmental groups and the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel decrying Pendley’s disqualifying views and Coloradans overwhelmingly disapproving of Pendley, Gardner has refused to speak out on Trump’s pick, repeatedly dodging questions.
Even after the White House withdrew Pendley’s formal nomination — saving Gardner from an unpopular vote — Gardner has stayed mum as the Trump administration continued its assault on our environment and public lands.
Now that a judge has said Pendley’s been illegally overseeing this agency managing our public lands for over a year, will greenwashing Gardner finally speak out?
Coloradans have unfortunately come to expect crickets from Gardner when it comes to Trump’s assault on our public lands, air, and water.
Colorado Democratic Party spokesperson Eli Rosen:
“If Senator Cory Gardner truly cared about ethics or public lands, he’d speak out against the anti-public lands zealot that Trump has let illegally run an agency managing our public lands for over a year. But Coloradans know that Gardner sold us out for Trump and corporate polluters, so all we get is silence.”