It’s been reported by an anonymous source to news outlets that President-elect Donald Trump will choose Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington as his secretary of Interior. McMorris Rodgers currently serves as the chair of the House Republican Conference, making her the highest-ranking GOP woman in Congress.
The choice of McMorris Rodgers is a victory for Republicans, but also a condemnation by environmentalists. League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski claimed the selection amounted to “a massive ‘for sale’ sign on our public lands.”
“McMorris Rodgers has been part of the Republican leadership of the most anti-environmental House of Representatives in history, and she has an abysmal 4% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. She simply should not be put in charge of stewarding America’s wildlife, national parks and other majestic landscapes,” Karpinski continued.
“At best, Trump can delay the inevitable clean energy revolution, but he can’t stop it. McMorris Rodgers is clearly not the right choice for a 21st century Department of Interior that will steward public lands on behalf of the American people,” Greenpeace spokesman Travis Nichols said.
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