Conservation efforts will face another adversary as former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has been nominated to serve as the Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget. Travis Audubon Executive Director Joan Marshall was asked to comment by Texas Monthly:
“Susan Combs’ appointment as assistant secretary of the Interior is not welcome news for conservation. Combs and the Trump administration aim to roll back environmental protections in the name of economic progress. As Texas Comptroller, Susan Combs fought enforcement of the Endangered Species Act in Texas and started a war against the Golden-cheeked Warbler. As assistant secretary, she will have a much bigger arsenal to wage a much larger war.
We’re at a critical moment in our history and need to decide what kind of world we want to live in: A world that includes birds and birdsongs, wild spaces and clean rivers, or a world paved over with parking lots. What is nature worth? We shouldn’t measure forests by their board feet alone or rivers just by their hydroeleclectic power.
If we manage nature for short-sighted, short-term gains, nothing will be left for future generations.”
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