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What was at Stake
The current acting director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), William Perry Pendley, is one of the most controversial figures to hold a government position overseeing our public lands. Unable to withstand scrutiny after his record was exposed, the administration pulled Pendley’s nomination to lead the BLM. We need you to join us in pressuring your senators to call for his resignation.
This victory should be celebrated, but Pendley remains in charge of the agency and continues to use authority that does not belong to him. He’s already signed an order that essentially appoints himself acting head of the BLM in perpetuity — with or without consent from the Senate. Winning approval from the Senate is the foundation of our appointment system, but Pendley thinks he should be able to flout the Constitution to further his destructive ideology. We must stop him before he grabs more power.
Pendley is too dangerous to remain in his role, and the stakes are simply too high. The BLM oversees 900 million acres of the United States — 10% of the country’s landmass — but Pendley has advocated for selling all BLM lands east of the Mississippi River to benefit oil and gas companies. This isn’t just talk — decades ago he led the charge for the then-largest single coal lease sale in U.S. history. An investigation found that the lease was a $100 million giveaway to the coal industry, with key decisions about the lease auction happening on the same day he had a pricey steak dinner with industry executives and lobbyists.
Pendley isn’t just a full-throated advocate for drilling, mining, and otherwise exploiting our wildlands — he espouses beliefs that should make him unqualified to hold any position in government. Pendley called Black Lives Matter “a lie” and labeled immigrants the “source” of violent crime and disease. He’s also attacked the sovereignty and legitimacy of Native American tribes, claiming they will only continue to exist for “financial convenience.”