Trump just appointed an anti-endangered species crusader to run wildlife agency

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One of the few consistencies to come out of the incredibly chaotic Trump administration is the president’s penchant for intentionally picking people for jobs that they are not only deeply unqualified for, but whose personal goals and values are diametrically opposed to those of the agency they’re supposed to run.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants to gut public education in favor of charter schools. Head of the EPA Scott Pruitt despises the agency and sued it numerous times before being chosen to run it. The incoming National Security Advisor wants more wars. The list goes on. Trump appoints people that he knows will work to destroy crucial government agencies from the inside out, usually in service of corporate interests.

Now, Trump has announced his appointee to run the Interior Department’s oversight of wildlife and parks, The Hill reports. His choice, Susan Combs has a history of railing against protections for endangered species. She went as far as to compare this protection list to “SCUD missiles.”

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Combs adamantly believes that business interests — that is to say, profits — are far more important than ensuring that future generations of Americans will get to experience the beauty of these endangered creatures. It’s a cold, cynical outlook in perfect keeping with this administration’s brutish ethos.

As comptroller of Texas, Combs worked to undermine the state’s Parks and Wildlife Department’s control over the endangered species list. During that period, she sided with petrochemical companies in their push to save money by refusing to take proper precautions not to harm an endangered species of freshwater mussels.

In her new Trump-given role, Combs will have much more power to wreak havoc on the environment and wildlife in general. This job should be going to someone who cares about saving wildlife, not sacrificing it on the altar of corporate profits.

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Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.

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