Last Friday, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) sent a letter to founder and CEO of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, inviting him to testify before the Committee on the Antiquities Act, national monuments and federal land management. Today Chouinard said no and said that the congressional committee is tied to special interests.
Friday’s letter said, “The committee believes that major public policy decisions involving millions of acres of public land should be discussed, debated, and considered in the light of day. The committee also believes it is important to understand and allow for all perspectives to be presented fairly and respectfully. As part of this continuing process, I wish to invite you to testify before the Committee about your views on federal land management.”
Chouinard, in a letter released by Patagonia today, said he did not think Bishop’s committee was acting in good faith. “Our positions are clear and public, and we encourage you to read them.”