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Predator Of Our Public Lands

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The man Trump charged with protecting our public lands doesn't believe we should have any.

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For generations, our country has been Mother Nature's steward, setting aside and protecting important expanses of public lands for posterity. But what if these lands and natural resources suddenly got a "steward" who was a predator, rather than a protector?

Meet William Perry Pendley. For more than 40 years, he's been a fringe political operative and lawyer for a network of loopy, anti-environmental extremists intent on helping corporate predators grab and plunder our national assets for their private profit.

And now -- Holy Teddy Roosevelt! -- developer-in-chief Donald Trump has named Pendley to be acting head of the Bureau of Land Management.

Yes, a guy who favors the wholesale privatization of your and my public lands is to oversee the future of America's public lands. Indeed, Pendley has been lost in the ultra-right-wing weeds for years, screeching that the "Founding Fathers intended all lands owned by the federal government to be sold."

That's nuts, but nuttier yet is Pendley's listing of a sextet of demons he believes are "at war" with western civilization: radical environmentalists, federal bureaucrats, the media, academia, Hollywood, and "ignorant" Americans who are "easily panicked" into believing in things like climate change.

But this caped corporate crusader saves most of his manic fury for the environmental movement, bizarrely proclaiming that its millions of adherents "don't believe in human beings."

Also, with funding from the Koch brothers and Big Oil, Pendley has been a fanatical fossil fuel proselytizer, even declaring in a moment of rapture that fracking is "an energy, economic, and environmental miracle!"

Don't just keep an eye on this corporate extremist -- don't even blink! For updates, contact Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility at peer.org.

 

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Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Report has said, "Trump has an HR department problem." Most presidents do, don't they? And congress? Wow! What an HR department they have!

The point is that neither has an HR department, because the government does not belong to them...strangely, the people do not have an HR department either.

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Deja vu all over again!


Does anybody remember James Watt and Ann Gorsuch Burford from the Reagan years?

Submitted on Sunday, Sep 8, 2019 at 10:39:34 PM

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yes, we remember - but things are way worse now and much more degraded! i don't think we will survive another 4 years of this. it seems to be happening all over the planet.

Submitted on Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019 at 4:36:26 AM

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