On Par With His Anti-Enviro Record, Gardner *Still* OK With BLM Head Who Opposes Public Lands & Denies Climate Science
Gardner Can’t Hide His Record of Gutting Environmental Protections & Selling Out Public Lands
Denver, CO – In line with his anti-environmental record, Senator Cory Gardner still refuses to oppose William Perry Pendley as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), despite Pendley’s opposition to public lands and wildlife protections, long history of climate science denial, and legal challenges to the legitimacy of Pendley’s appointment, which has not been subject to Senate confirmation.
Today the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports that the Trump administration appears to have extended Pendley’s appointment indefinitely — raising a slew of legal questions and putting more pressure on Gardner to say if he supports his appointment.
Gardner’s silence on Pendley tracks with his record of voting to slash funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and supporting Trump’s anti-environment nominees who’ve overseen the largest rollback of protected public lands in U.S. history, dismantled efforts to fight climate change, and gutted clean water protections.
Meanwhile, Gardner failed to get new Colorado wilderness in the last major public lands bill to pass the Senate and refuses to support the CORE Act — a major wilderness bill to protect 400,000 acres of public land that passed the House last fall. But the bill is “unlikely to see the light of day in the Senate” without Gardner’s support.
Colorado Democratic Party spokesperson Eli Rosen:
“Senator Cory Gardner has a long track record of selling out our public lands, refusing to act on climate, and being a rubber stamp on Trump’s anti-environmental agenda while letting anti-public lands zealot William Perry Pendley oversee our public lands. Coloradans won’t be fooled by Gardner’s desperate election year greenwashing and come November, we will elect a new senator who is a true champion for Colorado’s air, land, and water.”