FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
In a letter, Montana Conservation Voters describes Pendley’s continued tenure as “a direct affront to our public lands and Montana’s outdoor way of life,” and calls on Gianforte and Daines to demand his firing. Daines and Gianforte have remained silent.
Before his nomination to head the BLM was pulled, Greg Gianforte said he was “pleased” by nominees like William Perry Pendley. Shortly after Pendley was appointed Acting Director Steve Daines said he had “not found a reason to be against” Pendley. Despite Pendley’s avid support for “selling off almost all public lands” and his claims that concerns about climate change come from “kooks” who are “preaching fear,” Gianforte and Daines stood by Pendley for months. Gianforte even said he was “optimistic about working with Mr. Pendley to promote Montana’s interests,” and Daines called the backlash against his leadership “overblown.”
“William Perry Pendley has spent decades advocating for the sale of public lands, and his presence at the BLM poses a clear and present danger to the Montana way of life, but Gianforte and Daines refuse to stand up to him,” said MDP Deputy Communications Director Matt Fidel. “Gianforte and Daines’ support for anti-public lands zealot like Pendley tells Montanans everything they need to know.”
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