Bird-Dogging Questions

Bird-dogging refers to advocates who identify and seek out candidates or elected officials, and press them to answer specific questions to provide their views on issues. Bird-dogging is a means to expose politicians’ take on an issue and prevent them from hiding behind a comfortable curtain of vague rhetoric.

 

Questions relating to key advocacy campaigns:

  • Do you support new public lands protections and wilderness designations?
  • How do you think public lands should be managed?
  • What do you believe is the greatest value provided by public lands?
  • What do you see as the most major threats to public lands? And how do you propose to address those threats?
  • Do you support the original 2016 boundaries of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments?

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) must remain intact for the protection of our public lands, public health, and public input. The Trump administration’s attacks on NEPA protections are reckless and dangerous during a global public health crisis. This rollback is nothing more than a thinly veiled sellout to corporate polluters at the expense of the health and safety of American families.

  • How do you feel about these rollbacks? What will you do to support and defend the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)?

In mid August, the Trump administration confirmed they were pulling the nomination of William Perry Pendley as Director of the Bureau of Land Management. However, he has continued to serve as acting BLM Director.

  • Do you support him continuing in this role? If not, how will you work to get him removed from this position?

More than 100 miles of Trump’s border wall are under construction right now in Arizona. The administration waived 28 environmental laws to fast track construction. Aside from work continuing under a pandemic (and the impact it could have on small rural communities should the virus spread), the construction is tearing up protected wild lands and cultural sites, bulldozing sensitive habitat, and pushing endangered wildlife, such as the jaguar, closer to extinction.

  • What will you do to stop the construction during the pandemic and forever?
  • How will you repair the damage done thus far?

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), proposed a new rulemaking process with no environmental analysis that could allow all classes of e-bikes on non-motorized trails on BLM lands across the country. Motorized bikes travel further and faster into the backcountry, disrupting wildlife, impacting habitat, and ruining the small portion of public lands that are free from motors. There are plenty of existing trails for e-bikes.

  • What will you do to stop this action to allow e-bikes on non-motorized trails?

Climate & Public Lands

97% of scientists agree that present day climate change is human-caused. This is due to activities that cause carbon emissions (e.g. fossil fuel extraction and burning) or eliminate carbon storage (e.g. logging of intact forests).

  • Do you acknowledge climate change is real, human-caused and has disrupted earth’s natural cycles?
  • How can our nation’s public lands be the solution to climate change?
  • How do you plan to combat climate change if you are elected?

Intact natural landscapes can provide nearly one-third of the carbon mitigation needed to keep climate change under 2 degrees Celsius. Reforestation, maintaining forest protections, and habitat restoration projects are essential climate mitigation approaches that allow natural climate sinks to lock up carbon.

  • How do you plan to protect and preserve our forests?

In the last three years, public land lease sold to private companies to develop new oil and gas operations on public lands could result in lifecycle emissions between 1 billion and 5.95 billion metric tons of CO2e.

  • Do you plan to combat climate change by slowing oil and gas leasing on public lands?

Biodiversity

The earth is suffering a devastating mass extinction of flora and fauna caused by human activities. Meanwhile, we face a deadly global pandemic caused by the exploitation of wildlife in illegal trade and trafficking. Damaged ecosystems, shrinking habitat, and blocked wildlife corridors are decimating the planet’s biodiversity and will only increase the likelihood of another pandemic.

  • What are your plans to prevent the biodiversity crisis?
  • How will you mitigate wildlife habitat destruction that could lead to the next dangerous pandemic?