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In response to Trump’s formal nomination of William Perry Pendley to head the Bureau of Land Management, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released the following statement from Legislative Representative Laura Forero:
“Pendley’s record of listening to polluters instead of people, along with a history of making racist anti-Black, homophobic and transphobic comments shows he is completely unfit to lead staff or protect public lands. His denial of climate science, hostility toward bedrock environmental protections like the Endangered Species Act and the Antiquities Act and his eagerness to sell off public lands mean he has no place enforcing our laws meant to safeguard public lands that belong to all of us. More importantly, his ugly attacks about the Black Lives Matter movement, immigrants, and the LGBTQ+ community mean he should have no place in the Federal government and we urge the Senate to reject his confirmation. He is unfit to serve in his current role as the acting director and should be removed immediately.