This is a special edition of the 10 in 2 for the week of December 18th
...so here we go:
I think most of you have heard about the public spat between Patagonia and the white house. In short, the administration took steps to shrink two national monuments in Utah, Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante. Patagonia shot back by changing their homepage to “the president stole your land”. After all that and many more angry tweets were traded between the parties, the situation has escalated this week when House Natural Resources Committee Chair, Republican Rob Bishop from Utah invited Patagonia founder, Yvon Chouinard to testify in front of the committee. Knowing Yvon, I wondered, would he actually take the bait? I doubted it, and lo and behold he didn’t.
So on the eve of Christmas and rumbling into 2018 on the back of a massive tax overhaul, we’ve decided to share yvon’s letter to the committee Chair verbatim. Happy New Year
"I find it disingenuous that after unethically using taxpayers’ resources to call us liars, you would ask me to testify in front of a committee for a matter already decided by the administration and applauded by the Utah delegation just a week ago. A macabre celebration of the largest reduction in public lands in a century. It is clear the House Committee on Natural Resources, like many committees in this failed Orwellian government, is shackled to special interests of oil, gas, and mining and will seek to sell off our public lands at every turn and continue to weaken and denigrate Theodore Roosevelt’s Antiquities Act, which has preserved our treasured public lands for over 100 years.
The American people made it clear in public comments that they want to keep the monuments intact, but they were ignored by Secretary Zinke, your committee, and the administration. We have little hope that you are working in good faith with this invitation. Our positions are clear and public, and we encourage you to read them." - Yvon Chouinard