Multiple U.S. senators condemned the confirmation of notorious ecoterrorist Tracy Stone-Manning to lead the Bureau of Land Management under Joe Biden.
Nominated by Biden despite previously threatening to kill law enforcement officers and confessing to law enforcement to her participation in ecoterrorist activities, Stone-Manning was confirmed on a 50-50 vote, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote to confirm the terrorist.
Stone-Manning was a spokesperson for the eco-terrorist group Earth First. The group spiked trees on a timber lease in Clearwater National Park in Idaho in the late 1980s. In a letter to the FBI Stone-Manning admitted attempting to kill and maim loggers, and threatened the lives of FBI agents investigating her.
The Bureau of Land Management manages over 18 million acres of land in Wyoming. Stone-Manning has made comments suggesting she would not continue to honor the BLM’s responsibility to maintaining multiple-use land policies.
In her floor speech, Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) said, “For President Biden and my Senate colleagues across the aisle, do you really want your names associated with a no-compromise mouthpiece of a convicted eco-terrorist organization? Someone who has lied to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in testimony? Someone who has advocated for population control as a means to save the environment? Someone who has written that grazing is ‘destroying the West?’”
Senator Lummis continued, “Ms. Manning is wholly unqualified to serve in this position. I urge President Biden to withdraw her nomination and for Senate Democrats to join us in saying no to this nominee.”
“Tracy Stone-Manning misled Montanans and the United States Senate about her involvement in an ecoterrorism tree spiking crime, which greatly damaged her credibility and public trust. It’s now up to Stone-Manning to rebuild trust with Montanans, stakeholders including loggers and Bureau of Land Management employees, and show that she will lead the agency in a bipartisan and pragmatic way. I strongly urge Stone-Manning to commit herself to protecting the Montana way of life, Montana energy jobs and proper land management in all decisions that she will make moving forward,” Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) said.
Senator Daines previously opposed Stone-Manning’s nomination in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Stone-Manning’s nomination did not receive bipartisan support out of the Committee. President Obama’s former Bureau of Land Management Director came out in opposition to Stone-Manning’s nomination.
In July, Daines spoke on the Senate floor to share his concerns with Stone-Manning’s nomination.
“Tracy Stone-Manning is a nut. Her record is clear: She endorsed population control in the name of extreme environmentalism and she worked with a group of eco-terrorists. There’s plenty of room for folks on the right and left to disagree about the best environmental stewardship policies, but Tracy Stone-Manning is a wacko who shouldn’t be anywhere near power,” said Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.)
“Tracy Stone-Manning not only colluded with eco-terrorists, putting loggers’ lives in danger, but she then lied about her involvement in that criminal investigation,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) “The fact that she was still being considered for this position after the truth of her involvement in those heinous acts was revealed is mind-boggling and clearly disqualifying. I could not support her nomination.”