What Trump’s Triumph Means for Wildlife

Exposing the Big Game


Get ready for more drilling, mining, and logging on public lands and an agenda that values preserving wildlife—for hunters.
A 1,400-pound male coastal brown bear fishes while a one-year-old gray wolf waits for scraps in Alaska’s Katmai National Park. (Photo: Christopher Dodds/Barcroft Media/Getty Images)
NOV 11, 2016·
Richard Conniff is the author of House of Lost Worlds: Dinosaurs, Dynasties, and the Story of Life on Earth and other books.

For people who worry about the nation’s (and the world’s) rapidly dwindling wildlife, the only vaguely good news about Donald Trump’s election might just be that he doesn’t care. This is a guy whose ideas about nature stop at “water hazard” and “sand trap.” Look up his public statements about animals and wildlife on votesmart.com, and the answer that bounces back is “no matching public statements found.” It’s not one of those things he has promised to ban…

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4 thoughts on “What Trump’s Triumph Means for Wildlife

  1. War on Environment & Wildlife & Environment
    Republicans have voted against the environment and wildlife 92-99 % of the time the past 15 years They want to gut and undermine EPA, ESA, and relegate them to state control and turn over public lands to corporate interests, ranchers, extraction industries, damaging recreational activities, essentially to state management.

    The parties or candidates are nowhere near equivalent, again: are nowhere near equivalent, again nowhere near equivalent. So aside from the candidates, consider the vast differences in party platform, policies, attitudes toward environment, and socioeconomic policies. Republicans are from the dark side of the force on animal rights, animal farming, recreational wildlife killing (aka hunting,trapping), the environment, public land, management of national forests, keeping public land public, wilderness protection, wildlife protection, as social and economic issues.

    They, the conservatives, want state control of wolf management, grizzly management, predator management in general, endangered species, ESA, EPA, so that they can marginalize, or wipe out wolves, other predators, favor economic special interests, I.e. hunters, ranchers, extraction industries, “rural interests” (ranching, extraction industries, commercial use of public land).

    The alternative universe party (GOP) that denies science, logic, facts, is also the anti environment, anti wildlife, anti public lands party. Don’t vote republican if you care much about wildlife, wilderness, public lands, wildlife refuges, or parks, if you care much about the environment. Republicans are generally anti-environment and anti-wilderness and anti-wildlife, not always openly so,of course, but by the way they vote, their attitudes and behaviors, their emphasis on extraction industries, business over any other value, need for income in rural America which is extraction industries, farming and ranching, hunting, recreational. Now, there is a growing effort to turn public lands over to state and local “management” and demonstration projects of that nature, a Pandora’s Box.

    The republicans are generally anti-science, anti-logic, arti-fact, alternative universe party, make believe what -they-want party. They are the the party of climate change denial, the only free world major party this obtuse and paranoid (believing climate change a leftist conspiracy). The GOP has voted against the environment and wildlife 90%-99%the time in the past 15 years. Examples: MT Senator Steve Daines ® has voted against the environment 99% of the time, Congressman Ryan Zinke ® of MT 97% of the time. GOP capitalistic, self-centered greed is no doubt a major factor. But many on the GOP far right believe in creationism. It is basically a party that is anti-logic, anti-science, anti-facts when it conflicts with capitalistic short-term, self-centered greed (no concern for the environment, let’s make a buck now). It is the Anthropocene Extinction Party.

    Saber rattling, war mongering, meddlesomeness, law and order (profiling, stop and frisk, over policing, police militarization, fill up prisons), privatization of social security, Medicare, and healthcare, corporate tax deductions even more than its current low, all this is the Republican Party. “Trumped up” trickle down as Hillary said, and she is right.

    The republican brain thinking may have a genetic basis. It is somewhat of a worldwide manifestation of conservative thinking. They staunchly resist change and progress. They stubbornly stand by failed economic-political theories (trickle down economics, unfettered/unregulated capitalism, states’ rights over federal general public rights, neoconservative militaristic meddlesomeness). They are the party of “No”. This 2016 election cycle will naturally tighten up in the final weeks despite the unpopularity of the candidates as the polarized opposites come home to roost no matter what.

    The conservatives repeatedly, annually, try to sneak through their anti-environment, anti-wilderness agendas on riders to must pass bills, like the Defence bills or Interior bills. They are the Grand Obstructionist & Paranoid Party. They are the party that wants to divvy up what is left of public lands and wilderness to corporate interests, rancher, extraction industries, development. They keep trying trying end runs, flank attacks, on public land, and ESA and EPA. Watch out for forest “management” tactics or other attempts at opening up Pandora’s Box on local/state management of forest or other public land. They are the unfettered commerce party of let’s have it now now wanton greed. Sit down republicans when little thoughts start rumbling, round them up, sit down before you hurt yourselves or the rest of us.




    Secretary of Federal Imperialism – WSJ
    Wall Street Journal › articles › secretary-…
    21 hours ago – Trump’s Interior choice is too deferential to Washington land grabs. … Further evidence is his choice of Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke for secretary of Interior. … The Interior Department is responsible for managing 640 million acres of federal land—28% of the U.S.http://www.wsj.com/articles/secretary-of-federal-imperialism-1482099268 Zinke appointment to Interior

    Researchers say it matters that Trump is assembling the wealthiest cabinet in modern American history Read the full story https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/12/15/what-happens-to-the-working-class-when-millionaires-and-billionaires-are-in-charge/



    Trump taps Montana congressman Ryan Zinke as Interior secretary The Washington Post 12/13/2016

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/09/politics/kfile-scott-pruitt-role-of-epa/ Trump pick for EPA Scott Pruitt climate change denier

    “Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers will make good on Trump’s promise to expand drilling on our public lands.” Sierra Club 12/10/2016 http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/green-life/trump-name-drilling-mining-enthusiast-rep-cathy-mcmorris-rodgers-for-interior

    Republican Attorneys General File Lawsuit to Weaken Protections for Endangered Species’ Critical Habitat














    Trade Agreements Trump Loves to Hate Actually Have Small Positive Effects
    Bloomberg 10/01/2016
    A Congressional Budget Office report shows that trade agreements have benefits, albeit uneven ones Read the full story




    missoulian.com/news/opinion/columnists/republicans-can-t-be-concerned about the environment










    http://sacb.ee/6jz0 Who are the good peoplehttp:








    20 years to mass extinction


  2. “Trump’s main advisers on wildlife appear to be his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, and they seem to care only about hunting and fishing. Donald Jr. has publicly expressed a wish to run the Department of the Interior, though his only known qualification for the job is his family name. More likely, as he told Outdoor Life during the campaign, he will help vet the nominees for Interior, “and I will be there to make sure the people who run the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and so on know how much sportsmen do for wildlife and conservation and that, for the sake of us all, they value the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.”

    And just what is the “North American Model of Wildlife Conservation”? You guessed it: really conceived by animal hunter, trapper, and wolf killer Aldo Leopold, who is shamefully revered by many so-called “wildlife groups,” and whose model is now ubiquitous in every wildlife “management” scheme there is.

    The despicable, maniacal Trump clan will continue its assault on what is left of Nature–after they have gotten all the oil and gas out, along with the water.

  3. I guess America just hit the bottom! And the whole Nature (actually the whole world) will suffer…
    Over here, across the Atlantic, we are really scared since we know it is a time-bomb… we’re already suffering from the pressure of the Middle East and the convulsive terrorist attacks in our cities… This is going to get worst, terribly worst.

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