Susan Combs, former Texas state representative, agriculture commissioner, and comptroller, will temporarily act as assistant secretary for fish, wildlife, and parks. The new role would have Combs overseeing policy for the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. Yet Combs has a history of siding with big corporations and special interests over animals and wildlife on the Endangered Species List, which the Fish and Wildlife Service helps to administer.
More than 70 conservation groups strongly oppose Combs’ nomination.
A letter to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, signed by 70 conservation groups, states:
Ms. Combs has built her career favoring big corporations and special interests over the needs and survival of imperiled species. If confirmed, she would oversee the creation of the Interior Department’s budget—a position that could potentially decide the fate of our nation’s endangered species.
Combs once likened adding wildlife to the endangered species list to “incoming scud missiles” targeting the oil and gas economy. With a track recorded of caring more for money than wildlife, Combs is taking serious criticism from environmentalists.
Endangered species specialist Stephanie Kurose compared Combs’ appointment to:
…appointing an arsonist as the town fire marshal. Combs will only work to strip away critical protections for our most vulnerable animals, not protect them.
You can read the entire opposition letter here.
Susan Combs once likened proposed endangered species listings to “incoming Scud missiles.” https://t.co/3emFKFNNrM
— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) April 2, 2018
The news angered many people:
The deconstruction of our government continues…
— Kathleen Dodge (@Doralgal) April 2, 2018
Only in Trump's administration, but of course in Trump's administration:
he appoints someone who has actively worked against protecting fish, wildlife and parks to protect them.
Good luck nature! https://t.co/WJgUXlHuym
— Arne Duncan (@arneduncan) April 1, 2018
Whoever is against something he puts that's person in charge..like a person who hates America is now potus..that's trump
— peace.. (@mblueisland5667) April 1, 2018
Susan Combs – the latest example of totally unqualified person joining the Trump governing group.
Who picked up the rock?
— Ed A (@EdA92699526) April 2, 2018
“Disgusting” seemed to pop up quite frequently:
This is disgusting. Combs would happily see every animal dead for more money.
— Linda Quest (@windmillcharger) March 31, 2018
— Sister Resister (@JaceLGalloway) March 31, 2018
Susan Combs once likened proposed endangered species listings to “incoming Scud missiles.” Foe Of Endangered Species Act Lands Gig Overseeing — You Guessed It — Wildlife https://t.co/5Jq4qphktc via @HuffPostPol #disgusting #SWAMP #TrumpSwamp #EVIL
— Victor Bryan Stone (@Vic_Stone1) March 31, 2018
And there was this reminder that every vote counts:
The damage to our shared environment is irreversible in many cases. This is why every vote matters. Link.
Susan Combs once likened proposed endangered species listings to “incoming Scud missiles.” https://t.co/sLLG5pXsER via @HuffPostPol
— v stein (@VVis1402) March 31, 2018
H/T: Huffington Post