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Baffled by Sen. Bennet’s vote

Baffled by Sen. Bennet’s vote

The following letter was originally sent to Sen. Michael Bennet.

First of all, let me thank you for your vote against the latest health care bill (the “skinny repeal”). Your vote did not surprise me as you have stated your opposition to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Having given you accolades for that vote, I was greatly disappointed by your recent vote to confirm David Bernhardt as the No. 2 man at the Department of the Interior. You have long been a believer in global warming and have spoken out forcefully on the issue. How could you then vote to confirm a man who will be no friend of any laws and regulations that would seek to curb greenhouse gasses? In his confirmation hearing he said that policy decisions would be made according the administration’s agenda. I don’t think you need to be reminded what that agenda says about global warming.

In the statement you released after your vote to confirm, you said “we are counting on Bernhardt to uphold his commitment to protect Colorado’s methane rules. We’re also grateful for his commitment to protect Colorado’s public lands.” He will be the No. 2 steward of our public lands, waters, and everything they support, and yet he has spent most of his working life attacking all of that on behalf of some of the biggest polluters on the planet. What can possibly give you confidence that he will protect our public lands?

It is obvious from Bernhardt’s past actions regarding global warming and protection of our public lands that like his boss, President Trump, he will continue to value special interests over the public good. It is beyond my logic how you could vote for such a person.

Doug Rhinehart

Woody Creek

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