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Sierra Club: McMorris Rodgers Wrong Choice for America’s Public Lands, Wildlife

WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump is expected today to announce his plans to appoint Chair of the House Republican Conference, Cathy McMorris Rodgers as Secretary of the Interior. McMorris Rodgers currently represents the state of Washington.

In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune issued the following statement.

The Department of the Interior exists to protect and manage the nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage. Yet President-elect Trump seems to have missed the ‘protect’ part of that statement when nominating Rep. McMorris Rodgers to head the agency. 

“Selling off our public lands to the highest bidder and opening them to drilling, mining and logging is not in the best interest of our country, but that is exactly what Rep. McMorris Rodgers has voted to do over and over again. From expanding offshore drilling to undermining attempts to protect our wild places, it’s clear that McMorris Rodgers would jeopardize the future of our public lands if appointed as Secretary of the Interior.

“America’s public lands are vital to our shared history, our national identity, our economy, and perhaps most importantly our future. We urge Senators, who are elected to represent and protect the American people, to stand up for everyone who enjoys the outdoors and oppose this nomination.”


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The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the US, and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.

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