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Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Now that the bill has passed, Gianforte will inevitably try to take credit — despite his repeated critiques of LWCF. But no vote will erase Gianforte’s lifelong, atrocious public lands record.
Just today, Gianforte said he was “pleased” by federal appointments like William Perry Pendley, who supports the sale and transfer of all public lands and touts an “ideology that pose[s] a monumental threat to us and America’s public land.” Gianforte sued Montana taxpayers to block stream access nearby one of his several properties. He supports the transfer of management of federal land, and he wrote legislation to remove protections for nearly 700,000 acres of public lands – without public input – a move described by conservation advocates as potentially “the single biggest rollback of protected public lands in Montana history.”
“Once again, Greg Gianforte revealed his true, anti-public lands colors to Montanans,” said MDP Deputy Communications Director Matt Fidel. “This legislation was supported by overwhelming majorities of Democrats and Republicans – Gianforte should have been out front, leading on this bill from day one. Instead, he reminded Montanans – once again – that he simply can’t be trusted to stand up for public lands access when it matters most.”
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