Trump is likely to pick Cathy McMorris as the Secretary of the Interior, whose responsibilities include overseeing the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service. Environmentalists fear that she will allow drilling and coal extraction on federal land, with a former chief historian to the National Park Service expecting her to “favor oil and gas and mining interests over the preservation … of public lands.”
This pessimistic prediction is due to her past stances (including supporting drilling in the Atlantic Ocean), which can be found here:
Rodgers is the highest-ranking Republican woman in the House of Representatives. She was also appointed to serve as vice chair of Trump’s transition team. Since she was first elected to Congress in 2004, Rodgers supported legislation to open up the Atlantic Ocean to oil and natural-gas drilling and to prevent the Department of the Interior from regulating fracking, according to The Wall Street Journal. In the state of Washington, Rodgers has promoted the use of hydropower, a renewable energy source.
As interior secretary, Rodgers will oversee the Bureau of Land Management, which controls 250 million acres of federal land, and the National Park Service, which covers more than 84 million acres of national parks, monuments, and historic sites. She’s expected to reverse some of the policies passed under Obama, such as a moratorium on new coal leasing that the Interior Department imposed in January, according to the WSJ.
Her environmental record isn’t stellar. The League of Conservation Voters, a nonprofit organization that tracks how lawmakers vote on environmental issues, gave Rodgers a 4 percent lifetime score on its National Environmental Scorecard. That’s because Rodgers “has consistently voted to prioritize drilling on our public lands and waters, including in sensitive areas like the Arctic,” according to the LCV.