President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to lead the Department of the Interior. In doing so, he elevates a politician with a history of anti-conservation rhetoric and congressional action to the brink of managing most American public lands.
The Wilderness Society has signed on to a statement of solidarity with leaders from conservation groups nationwide, pledging to oppose hatred and abuses of human and civil rights and asking that President-elect Trump, in representing all Americans, ensure that "all his nominees and appointees honor fundamental civil rights and embody civility befitting the offices for which they have been selected."
Some of the most important climate and energy achievements of the last eight years—including many that were Wilderness Society priorities—will be on the chopping block the moment President-elect Trump settles into the Oval Office. It will be more important than ever to stand up and let our lawmakers know what is important to us.
Trump has picked a leading climate denier, Myron Ebell, to lead the transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Ebell is also said to be in contention to head the agency itself. On the campaign trail, Trump said he may "cut" the EPA, but giving Ebell any authority over it may be just as bad.
The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was the first monument whose protection was motivated specifically by the need to preserve biodiversity. Now, the effects of climate change mean it might need to be expanded.