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 		 [ William Perry Pendley authored anti-environmental screeds for
Lyndon LaRouche. Now he controls 10% of the U.S. landmass.]



 Chris D’Angelo and Alexander C. Kaufman 
 October 28, 2019

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 _ William Perry Pendley authored anti-environmental screeds for
Lyndon LaRouche. Now he controls 10% of the U.S. landmass. _ 

 William Perry Pendley poses in a photo posted to his private Twitter


William Perry Pendley, a top Trump administration official in charge
of managing one-tenth of all land in the United States, is a past
contributor to 21st Century Science & Technology, a fringe magazine of
the late cult leader, convicted fraudster and paranoid conspiracy
theorist Lyndon LaRouche. 

Documents also indicate that Pendley attended a conference in 1994
where two of LaRouche’s associates called on anti-environmental
groups to help kill Senate support for an international biodiversity

Pendley wrote two pieces for 21st Century Science & Technology in the
early 1990s when he was president of the right-wing nonprofit Mountain
States Legal Foundation. The magazine was part of a network
of LaRouche publications and chock full of pseudoscience, climate
change denial and wild conspiracy theories. Its website, which is
still live, features sections on “Global Warming Fraud
[http://21sci-tech.com/Global_Warming.html]” and calls for bringing
back DDT [http://21sci-tech.com/DDT.html], a banned toxic insecticide.
LaRouche embraced a frenzy of conspiracy theories, contending
that Queen Elizabeth is an international drug trafficker
that AIDS is spread by mosquitos
[https://apnews.com/d682f2dc8204541aea39aa2e8b6b916a], that former
U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was a Soviet agent, and that
the rock band The Beatles was “a product shaped according to British
Psychological Warfare Division specifications

The magazine was also a go-to platform for the so-called “Wise-Use
movement,” a group of anti-government organizations pushing to boost
drilling and logging on federal lands while deriding environmentalists
as domestic terrorists. Pendley, a conservative lawyer with extreme
anti-government and anti-environmentalism views
[https://www.huffpost.com/entry/william-perry-pendley-federal-land_n_5d427083e4b0acb57fc7324e], was
a key figure in that movement as it gained momentum in the 1980s.

Pendley joined the Trump administration in mid-July as deputy director
for policy and programs at the Bureau of Land Management and by the
end of the month was elevated to the role of acting director ―
thereby sidestepping the Senate confirmation process for the top BLM
job. He’s one of many high-ranking administration officials across
the government with a history of battling the very agencies they now

Pendley’s ascent came as LaRouche’s organization reemerged in
national politics with a stunt aimed to embarrass those arguing for a
Green New Deal, a sweeping federal policy framework for combating the
climate crisis. Earlier this month, a woman working with LaRouche PAC
appeared at a town hall meeting that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
(D-N.Y.) held in her home district, pleading with the freshman
lawmaker to consider “eating babies
as a solution to curbing planet-heating emissions.

The stunt, immortalized in a viral video, was widely mocked. But the
beliefs that Pendley, 74, espoused in his writings have largely gone
mainstream in the Republican Party. At least eight states across the
South and Midwest have enacted laws to increase criminal penalties for
anti-fossil fuel protests, according to the International Center for
Not-For-Profit Law, which tracks anti-protest legislation

The progressive political action committee American Bridge first found
― and shared exclusively with HuffPost ― Pendley’s previously
unreported writings. But a HuffPost investigation surfaced more
details about his ties to LaRouche, highlighting the degree to which
once-marginal extremists now control key portions of the federal
government’s response to a rapidly worsening ecological collapse.

[Lyndon LaRouche speaks to reporters at the National Press Club in
Washington on May 5, 1988.]

Lyndon LaRouche speaks to reporters at the National Press Club in

Writing For LaRouche

In a 1992 letter to the editor printed in 21st Century Science &
Technology, Pendley came to the defense of the Sahara Club, a radical
anti-environmental group dedicated to “fighting eco-freaks and
keeping public lands free
[https://vault.sierraclub.org/sierra/199511/priorities.asp].” Two
years earlier, the BLM had charged several Sahara Club members with
trespassing following a protest motorcycle ride through an area of the
Mojave Desert that had been temporarily closed to protect the
imperiled desert tortoise. The magazine painted the arrests as a BLM
setup and claimed that the tortoise was threatened solely because the
agency refused to deal with a growing population of predatory ravens.
A BLM official responded with a scathing letter clarifying that raven
predation was only one of the threats to the tortoise population and
calling into question the magazine’s journalistic integrity.

“We found it astounding that such an article would be included in a
publication supposedly dealing with science and technology,” the
official wrote, adding that an internationally known scientist had
flagged the article to the BLM with a note that read, “This appears
to be the journal of scientific disinformation!”

The magazine also ran separate responses to the BLM official from the
Sahara Club and Pendley. The Sahara Club claimed the federal agency
closed the Mojave area as part of a “personal vendetta” it had
against the club. Pendley accused the BLM of being a “pushover”
for the Humane Society, which had filed a lawsuit
challenging the government’s proposed raven control program.
“Robbed of the only program that ― according to the government’s
own documents ― would have done the desert tortoise any good,”
Pendley wrote, “the government declared war upon the cattleman, the
woolgrower, the miner, the off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiast and
the City of Las Vegas.” 

The following year, Pendley wrote an article in the magazine slamming
a federal judge who ruled that a Montana rancher could not claim
self-defense in the killing of a protected grizzly bear. Pendley
called the decision “a frightening embrace, by an agency of the U.S.
government, of the view of many animal rights fanatics and
environmental zealots that human beings are only co-equal inhabitants
of the planet, no better than any other creature.”

[An article by William Perry Pendley in the Fall 1993 issue
of&nbsp;21st Century Science &amp; Technology.]

An article by William Perry Pendley in the Fall 1993 issue of 21st
Century Science & Technology.  SCREENSHOT/21ST CENTURY SCIENCE &

The magazine and another LaRouche publication, the Executive
Intelligence Review, also ran a number of stories in the late 1980s
and early 1990s highlighting the work of Pendley’s legal nonprofit.
The fall 1989 issue of 21st Century Science & Technology, for example,
includes a brief item about a hotline that the Mountain States Legal
Foundation set up for the public to report “acts of environmental
terrorism.” Pendley, who served as the group’s president for
nearly three decades, was quoted warning about “a small band of
radical environmental terrorists” who had vandalized ski resorts and
allegedly driven metal spikes into trees. He was referring to the
radical environmental group Earth First!, although he didn’t mention
it by name.

“We need more facts to establish participants, patterns, and to
determine the existence of a conspiracy on the part of those who would
kill fathers in the name of Mother Earth,” Pendley said in the

[A news brief that appeared in the fall 1989 issue of&nbsp;21st
Century Science &amp; Technology.<i></i><i></i>]

A news brief that appeared in the fall 1989 issue of 21st Century

Freelance journalist Dennis King, who studied LaRouche and his
followers for decades and published a book in 1989 titled “Lyndon
LaRouche and the New American Fascism,” said it’s significant that
Pendley contributed to that magazine. While many in the wise-use
movement shared LaRouche’s views about environmental issues, very
few publicly associated with the cult figure, he told HuffPost. 

“If you’re writing for 21st Century Science & Technology, you’re
writing for people who really had some Nazi sympathies,” King said.
He noted that LaRouche and his followers had anti-Semitic beliefs
[https://lyndonlarouchewatch.org/quotes.htm] and a long history of
promoting and defending Nazi scientists. That included eulogizing
Arthur Rudolph
the World War II German engineer who later helped develop the Saturn
V rocket
[https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1996/01/03/exiled-scientist-arthur-rudolph-dies-at-age-89/2881a12c-136f-4d85-a210-130d8a448396/] that
put Americans on the moon.

Pendley’s pieces appeared in the magazine at the time that LaRouche
was serving a federal prison sentence in Minnesota for fraud and
conspiracy. The eight-time presidential candidate and convicted felon
died in February at age 96

A Sagebrush Rebel

Pendley’s antipathy for environmentalists goes back decades. He cut
his teeth in government under James Watt, President Ronald Reagan’s
Interior Department chief and widely considered among the most
anti-environment Cabinet appointees in U.S. history. Pendley and Watt
have close ties. They both hail from Wyoming and led the
Colorado-based Mountain States Legal Foundation. Watt was the
group’s first president and Pendley held the position from 1989
until last December. In 1981, Pendley followed Watt to the Interior
Department and worked to open federal lands to drilling and mining.
The Washington Post once described him as “Watt’s ideological twin

In the 1996 book “Green Backlash,” which documents the rise of the
anti-environmental movement, British investigative journalist Andrew
Rowell wrote that Pendley “had been a close personal friend of James
Watt’s since 1975,” six years before Watt appointed him to the
Interior Department post.

Under Pendley’s command, the Mountain States Legal Foundation, an
industry-funded group once described as the “litigating arm of the
Wise Use Movement
hosted a series of wise-use conferences. At a 1993 event, Pendley
compared environmentalists to communists, saying they are “like
watermelons, red on the inside, green on the outside
according to Rowell’s book. And one day before a 1994 wise-use event
in Joseph, Oregon, that featured Pendley as a speaker, demonstrators
in that town hung, tarred and feathered effigies
[https://www.hcn.org/issues/23/672] of two environmental activists.

Pendley has compared the Earth First! group to the Nazis, saying
“they are no better than Hitler’s Brownshirts,” according to
Rowell. And in a 2013 interview
with the Federalist Society, Pendley asserted that “the
environmental community is no longer concerned about human beings.”

It’s rhetoric that closely mirrors that of Watt and LaRouche.

Watt likened environmentalists to the Nazis
and described green activists as “a left-wing cult
which seeks to bring down the kind of government I believe in.” In
1990, several years after he was forced to resign as Interior chief,
he famously declared that “if the troubles from environmentalists
cannot be solved in the jury box or at the ballot box, perhaps the
cartridge box should be used.”

LaRouche, through his media outlets, often railed against
environmental “terrorists” and “eco-fascists,” going as far as
to compare the movement to Satanism
[http://wlym.com/archive/fusion/tcs/19890910-TCS.pdf]. Earth First!
was one of his organization’s primary targets.

In his 1996 book, Rowell wrote: “Lyndon LaRouche was one of the
first people to brand anyone involved in any progressive protest as a
‘terrorist’. Following his lead many sections of society are now
labelling environmentalists as terrorists. William Perry Pendley calls
greens terrorists. MSLF [Mountain States Legal Foundation] has held
conferences on eco-terrorism, and has been instrumental in having
Earth First! labelled as a terrorist organisation.”

Sinking A Biodiversity Pact

Early in Reagan’s first term, LaRouche and his followers gained
direct access to several administration officials, and in March 1981
LaRouche landed an invitation to have breakfast with Interior
Secretary Watt, as journalists King and Ronald Radosh reported for The
New Republic
in 1984.

While that sit-down proved largely unsuccessful in terms of winning
over Reagan Cabinet members, the LaRouchians spent the next two
decades working to forge alliances with anti-environmental
organizations and industry groups, King told HuffPost.

It’s unclear if Pendley ever met LaRouche in person, either while
working in the Reagan administration or at MSLF. But he did cross
paths with two LaRouche associates at a “Wise Use Leadership
Conference” in Sparks, Nevada, in July 1994, according to documents
collected by an organization affiliated with the Environmental Working
Group and archived
by Greenpeace.

Elyssa Rosen, a representative of the environmental group Sierra Club,
apparently infiltrated the conference. Her notes
detail a bizarre, disorganized and delusional gathering. Attendees
sold T-shirts that read “Clinton-Free Zone” and likened
environmentalists to witches and druids. Speakers at the event
included Pendley, who reportedly stressed the need to “expose the
hidden costs of environmental policy,” as well as a “LaRouche
groupie” and forest scientist named Michael Coffman
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNkgjcosteM&t=414s], Rosen wrote in
her notes. 

Also at the conference was Rogelio “Roger” Maduro
[https://www.c-span.org/video/?32082-1/the-holes-ozone-scare], a close
LaRouche associate and an editor
[https://21sci-tech.com/Subscriptions/Archive/1995_Sp.pdf] at the
magazine according to a memo
in the archived collection. At the time, Maduro was leading the
LaRouche organization’s behind-the-scenes campaign
to kill U.S. Senate support for the Convention on Biological Diversity
[https://www.cbd.int/], a nonbinding conservation treaty. Maduro urged
the wise-use leaders gathered in Nevada to make defeating the
biodiversity treaty a top priority and disclosed that he was working
with the American Sheep Industry Association on a paper to garner
opposition, as detailed in a lengthy 1997 report
by the Environmental Working Group. 

Coffman, a conspiracy theorist, also reportedly called conference
attendees to defeat the treaty. Later that year, Coffman published a
piece in 21st Century Science & Technology titled “The Pagan Roots
of Environmentalism.”

The collaborative effort by LaRouche’s network and wise-use
organizations ultimately proved successful
The treaty never came to the Senate floor for a vote, and the United
States to this day has not signed on to the agreement
Maduro took credit in a September 1994 issue
of Executive Intelligence Review, writing that the report he created
for the sheep association was an “important factor” in defeating
the pact. He applauded several of the groups that were present at the
July 1994 conference for mobilizing in a way that left “U.S. Senate
staffers flabbergasted, State Department officials screaming, and
greenies weeping,” but did not mention Mountain States Legal
Foundation. Coffman also claims to have “played a key role in
stopping the ratification
of the treaty.

[A piece by Rogelio Maduro in the Sept. 2, 1994, issue of Executive
Intelligence Review.]

A piece by Rogelio Maduro in the Sept. 2, 1994, issue of Executive

Ron Arnold, who is widely considered the father of the wise-use
movement, told
[https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/opinions/1995/04/23/biodiversity-bashing/fb58b0ce-7690-466e-a431-ebc9d1e077c2/] with
The Washington Post in 1995 that the movement was unaware it had
joined forces with the LaRouche organization to fight the treaty. He
claimed he didn’t know Maduro would speak at the Nevada conference
and that LaRouche followers were not welcome at future events. 

Pendley did not grant HuffPost an interview or respond to a list of
emailed questions about his writings and the 1994 wise-use conference.
Instead, he sent a statement after this story published in which he
accused HuffPost of “cherrypicking.”

“As someone in the public arena for nearly four decades, I’ve
given countless public statements and written scores of articles on a
wide variety of topics,” he said. “Cherrypicking a few of them out
of context is neither useful nor connected to my current position.
I’m focused now on implementing the policy priorities of the Trump
administration and Secretary Bernhardt within the authorities and
mission given this agency by Congress. My personal views are
irrelevant in this context.”

The Interior Department, which is the parent agency of the BLM and is
headed by Secretary David Bernhardt, did not respond.

The Same Old Torch

Pendley has faced an onslaught of criticism since joining the Trump
administration. Environmentalists and other critics fear his
appointment signals a future sell-off of federal lands in the West,
pointing to Pendley’s long history of advocating for just that
Pendley has dismissed
such concerns and refused to comment about his past statements,
including describing basic climate science as “junk science
and comparing immigrants to a “cancer
All of it, he told a room full of reporters earlier this month in
Colorado, is “irrelevant” to his current job leading a bureau that
manages more than one-third of all federal land and 700 million
subsurface mineral acres.

But the reality is that his opinions and experience taking on the
federal government are what make him a perfect fit for the Trump
administration, and no doubt a main reason he landed the high-ranking


Wm Perry Pendley@Sagebrush_Rebel [https://twitter.com/Sagebrush_Rebel]

A return to the bad days in the 1990s when radical environmentalists
sabotaged logging equipment and endangered the lives of working men
and women in the Mountain West and Pacific Northwest. Shame on these
domestic terrorists.
https://dailycaller.com/2018/11/10/bayou-bridge-pipeline-protest/ …


Living In The Forest And Risking Their Lives: The Extreme Measures
Enviros Will Take To Stop A... [https://t.co/uLSZ0GKXL4]

Deep in Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin, the biggest swamp in the U.S.,
a group of protesters have stopped at nothing to scuttle completion of
a legal pipeline. [https://t.co/uLSZ0GKXL4]

dailycaller.com [https://t.co/uLSZ0GKXL4]

12:42 PM - Nov 12, 2018

Nearly three decades after contributing to the LaRouche publication,
Pendley and what’s left of LaRouche’s organization continue to
pound similar drums.

Along with its stunt at Ocasio-Cortez’s town hall, the LaRouche
organization has taken aim at 16-year-old Swedish climate activist
Greta Thunberg. In September, the Executive Intelligence Review
published a conspiracy-laden “special report” titled “‘CO₂
Reduction’ Is a Mass Murder Policy: Designed by Wall Street and the
City of London.” The report’s landing page features a close-up of
Thunberg wearing a hooded jacket.

Up until his appointment to Trump’s BLM, Pendley was posting under
the Twitter handle @Sagebrush_Rebel, a reference to the Sagebrush
Rebellion movement of the 1970s and ’80s that sought to remove lands
from federal control. His tweets often lashed
[https://twitter.com/search?lang=en&q=thunberg%20(from%3ASagebrush_Rebel)&src=typed_query] out
[https://twitter.com/search?q=aoc%20(from%3ASagebrush_Rebel)&src=typed_query] at
environmental activists like Thunberg, whom he likened to a cult

In a phone interview, Rowell marveled at the number of environmental
foes featured in his 1996 book “Green Backlash” who went on to
hold positions of power in the Trump administration, which has
prioritized gutting environmental regulations, and to join the chorus
that’s taken to attacking and demonizing the next generation of
environmental advocates.

“There is nothing more fundamentally pathetic ― a bunch of old
right-wingers going after Greta,” Rowell said.

_This story has been updated with a statement from Pendley._


Wm Perry Pendley@Sagebrush_Rebel [https://twitter.com/Sagebrush_Rebel]

It is a cult today, it was a cult in the 1960s, that, in the words of
James Bond's foe Goldfinger, "expect[s] [us] to die." The cult of
Greta Thunberg
https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/04/22/the-cult-of-greta-thunberg/#.XMSEYO8xkiw.twitter …


The cult of Greta Thunberg [https://t.co/NYmV7Jw9yZ]

This young woman sounds increasingly like a millenarian weirdo.

spiked-online.com [https://t.co/NYmV7Jw9yZ]

12:36 PM - Apr 27, 2019

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