US Senate Dems Place Eco-Terrorist in Charge of Federal Lands…Wait, What???

From the moment Tracy Stone-Manning was nominated to head the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM), she and her team of supporters tried to downplay her admitted role in acts of eco-terrorism against loggers and logging companies.

And yesterday, on a straight party-line vote (with five Republicans abstaining), she was confirmed to head up an agency that oversees nearly 63% of Alaska’s and over 48% of Wyoming’s lands.

It is still mind-boggling – mind-numbing even – that 50 United States Senators felt that a woman whose actions could have maimed or killed fellow US citizens was capable of leading the BLM for the next three-plus years.  She and her agency oversee logging, oil and gas, mining and more on federal lands, and she will do so with a history of direct opposition to those activities.

Wyoming’s Senator John Barrasso was blunt in his assessment of Stone-Manning, saying “She is the wrong choice for this job. She should never be confirmed. But that is exactly what Senate Democrats want to do today and that is outrageous.”  Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan was even more direct, objecting to her by saying “I don’t want an ecoterrorist as my state’s landlord.”

But the Democrats weren’t bothered by her history, and now Stone-Manning is the head of BLM.  Here’s hoping that her eco-extremist beliefs – and her proclivity to assist those using violence to stop rational and responsible development – have no bearing on her job as BLM Director.

Something tells me that has as much chance of happening as all this silly talk about ‘climate catastrophes’ does of leaving the public discourse tomorrow.


Rick Whitbeck is the Alaska State Director of Power The Future, a national nonprofit organization that advocates for American energy jobs. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @PTFAlaska.