According to reports, Speaker McCarthy is poised to assign anti-public lands extremist Rep. Harriet Hageman to the House Natural Resource Committee. Hageman has a long track record of opposing popular conservation efforts and advocating for eliminating public lands altogether. In response, Accountable.US released the following statement and report exposing Hageman’s ties to Big Oil, extractive industries, and fringe ideology.
Despite McCarthy and his MAGA majority’s talk on gas prices, they just named an industry ally to the House Natural Resources Committee. Instead of holding Big Oil executives accountable for price gouging consumers at the pump, this critical committee will now have an anti-public lands extremist whose personal wealth is directly tied to Big Oil and other extractive industries. If it feels like the new majority is fighting more for special interests than their constituents, it's because they are.”
Jordan Schreiber, Director of Energy and Environment at Accountable.US
- Hageman supports eliminating federal public lands altogether and once gave a keynote speech for the American Lands Council, the leading group advocating for transferring federal public lands.
- Hageman’s opposition to public land protections in the 1990s earned her the nickname “The Wicked Witch of the West,” which she embraces.
- Hageman makes thousands of dollars per year from ownership of mineral rights in Converse County, Wyoming.
- Hageman’s spouse is an oil and gas attorney who invests in oil companies like Chevron, Exxon, and Duke Energy.
- Hageman’s campaign received $44,000 in oil and gas contributions
- Hageman says the Biden Administration is trying to “shut down” the oil industry to “impose poverty across the country.”