What You Need to Know About Trump’s Secretary of the Interior Pick Cathy McMorris Rodgers

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President-elect Donald Trump is continuing his spree of cabinet nominations, this time notifying the media that he will appoint Washington state Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to the role of Secretary of the Interior. In the position, McMorris Rodgers would oversee national forests and parklands, set policy surrounding wildlife protection and regulations in the areas, and be the final word on what could be opened up to excavate for fuel.

Here is everything you need to know about the next likely Secretary of the Interior Kathy McMorris Rodgers.

1) She’s all about the drilling.

“In picking the congresswoman, Trump has chosen an ally who has been loyal to him politically and who shares his view that big energy companies should have more access to the lands under federal stewardship,” The L.A. Times reports. “McMorris Rodgers has voted against environmental protections repeatedly, earning her a score of zero in 2015 from the League of Conservation Voters. She supports opening the Atlantic Ocean for drilling, and has fought efforts to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on federal land. She also voted to make it easier to drill in Native American lands.”

2) She doesn’t believe in man-made climate change.

“McMorris Rodgers would also have wide-ranging influence over how the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey communicate to the public about global warming, potentially troubling in light of her denial of climate change and climate science,” reports Scientific American.

“‘Scientific reports are inconclusive at best on human culpability of global warming,’ McMorris Rodgers falsely told the Spokane, Wash., Spokesman-Review newspaper in 2012. ‘Regardless of which theory proves correct, the goal is the same – to reduce carbon emissions, we need innovation in the private sector; not excessive government regulation to stifle some industries while rewarding others. I oppose ‘cap and trade’ and other big government schemes because they will destroy jobs while likely having minimal impact on the climate.’”

“McMorris Rodgers signed a 2012 pledge sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group funded by billionaire David Koch, promising that she would oppose any federal climate-related legislation that would raise revenue for the federal government, including a carbon tax.”

3) She has a history of monetizing natural resources.

“When McMorris Rodgers’ name emerged on Friday as President-elect Donald Trump’s expected choice as secretary of the Interior, conservation advocates pointed to the Lake Roosevelt legislative as an example of a record that they find deeply troubling,” reports USA Today.

“’Selling off national park land is not something that we agree with or think is right for the American public,’ said Kristen Brengel, a vice president of government affairs for the National Parks Conservation Association. ‘It’s disappointing to have anyone who would be considered an Interior secretary think it’s OK to start selling off pieces of national parks to private interests.’”

4) She’s not that into wildlife protection if it’s going to get in the way of corporate interests.

“Last year, McMorris Rodgers voted to remove species such as the lesser prairie chicken from the federal endangered species list because their protection stands in the way of oil and gas drilling,” The Grist reports. “She voted to allow livestock grazing on lands damaged by droughts and wildfires. She also voted to interfere with the Bureau of Land Management, which she will now supervise, by revoking its rule protecting groundwater from contamination from fracking operations.”

5) She is another Evangelical Christian in a cabinet filled with them.

“She left home in Eastern Washington to study in Florida at Pensacola Christian College, a small conservative Baptist school that was not accredited at the time,” reported the Atlantic. “McMorris Rodgers majored in pre-law—not to go to law school, not to become a lawyer or to go on to a career in politics, but to be a paralegal. Even her academic adviser thought she was crazy, McMorris Rodgers recalls.”

6) She’s a major anti-abortion player in Congress.

“In an exclusive interview with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA) at the March for Life Thursday, the House Republican leader told Breitbart News Republicans were not unified on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” Breitbart reported in 2016.

”We had hoped — our goal was to have it on the House floor today,’ McMorris Rodgers said. ‘We still need to work on it some more. We are committed to — to getting it done. We’re passing the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion bill as I speak right now, and we’ll continue to work on the Pain Capable bill.’”

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69 comments

Marie W
Marie W7 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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ERIKA S9 months ago

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus9 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson9 months ago

Another evangelical Christian who does not believe in stewardship...

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JT Smith
JT Smith9 months ago

This is not a matter of Democrats versus Republicans. Ever since November 8, we are left with a man the media keep incorrectly calling Trump the “President-Elect” (there will be no President-Elect until and unless a majority of the Electors select one when they meet on December 19), a man who lost the election by well over two million votes (a fact that is only very infrequently even mentioned in the media). Please read these articles: "Hamilton v. Trump: The Case That Could Save America" [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-s-mcelvaine/hamilton-v-trump-the-case_b_13310142.html] and "32 Nonpartisan, Non-Ideological Reasons The Electoral College Must Reject Trump (And these are only based on what has happened since November 8th)" [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/32-nonpartisan-non-ideological-reasons-the-electoral_us_583ef1bbe4b048862d73fd3b]; and share them far and wide.

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JT Smith9 months ago

This is not a matter of Democrats versus Republicans. Ever since November 8, we are left with a man the media keep incorrectly calling Trump the “President-Elect” (there will be no President-Elect until and unless a majority of the Electors select one when they meet on December 19), a man who lost the election by well over two million votes (a fact that is only very infrequently even mentioned in the media). Please read these articles: "Hamilton v. Trump: The Case That Could Save America" [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-s-mcelvaine/hamilton-v-trump-the-case_b_13310142.html] and "32 Nonpartisan, Non-Ideological Reasons The Electoral College Must Reject Trump (And these are only based on what has happened since November 8th)" [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/32-nonpartisan-non-ideological-reasons-the-electoral_us_583ef1bbe4b048862d73fd3b]; and share them far and wide.

Trump must be stopped before he does become President-elect, let alone President! (Please share the contents of this comment, not only on Care2 but throughout all social media. The more attention brought to this the better the chances of something being done to stop this.)

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