Tracy Stone-Manning, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), described American children as an “environmental hazard”, and argued for population control in her 1992 graduate thesis, the Daily Caller reported.
Stone-Manning’s thesis, entitled “Into the Heart of the Beast: A case for environmental advertising”, for which she received a master’s degree in environmental studies, consisted of public policy recommendations through an advertising campaign aimed at reducing childbearing among Americans, ostensibly for ‘environmental education’ purposes.
“The origin of our abuses is us. If there were fewer of us, we would have less impact,” Stone-Manning wrote in her thesis and argued: “We must consume less, and more importantly, we must breed fewer consuming humans.”
To develop these arguments, she created eight advertisements to draw attention to overpopulation problems, overgrazing, the corporate timber industry, and an 1872 mining law, arguing that the environmental movement “desperately needs to use the pervasive power of advertising if it is to capture the American mainstream.
So much so that the first Stone-Manning ad featured an image of a shirtless baby with the headline: “Can you spot the environmental hazard in this photo? That’s right, it’s the cute baby.”
In another controversial development, Biden’s nominee also scripted a video ad to discourage U.S. families from having more than “one or two” children.
During the video, a female voiceover was heard saying: “When we [Americans] have children, the planet feels it more. Do the truly smart thing. Stop at one or two kids.”
Stone-Manning also created ads to draw attention to overgrazing on public lands. In her ad, she said that people would “have a cow” if they saw what grazing is doing on public lands.
“It is overgrazed. Most likely, the grasses won’t grow back, because the topsoil took flight,” she wrote. “Worse still, the government encourages this destruction. it charges ranchers under $2 a month to graze each cow and its calf on public land—your land,” Stone-Manning said.
In this regard, it is important to note that if the Senate confirms her to lead the BLM, she will take control of an agency that manages livestock grazing on approximately 63 million hectares of public lands, so if she continues to hold the convictions she raised in her thesis, it could prove worrisome for America’s development and economic well-being.
But Tracy Stone-Manning’s arguments in her graduate thesis encouraging population control to ‘protect the environment’ are not the only controversial event in her past.
Another fact that tarnishes Biden’s nominee’s CV, and for which she has been heavily criticized in recent weeks by the Republican opposition, to the point of calling for her nomination to be withdrawn, has been her links to an eco-terrorist plot in the state of Idaho in the 1980s, where she was accused of ‘tree spiking.’
This tactic is a form of sabotage in which metal spikes are driven into trees to make them unsafe to cut down to sabotage a timber sale. If unnoticed, the tree spikes can cause serious injury to workers, Fox News reported.
She admitted sending a letter to federal officials warning that the trees had been spiked in Idaho’s Clearwater National Forest. In 1993, Stone-Manning was granted immunity in exchange for her testimony, testifying against two others who were convicted, including her former roommate and friend.
Stone-Manning told the Senate committee during a questionnaire that she had never been the subject of an investigation but did not express the same to the press, so Senator John Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican, said:
“It’s clear that Ms. Stone-Manning was intentionally trying to deceive the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources,” and called on Biden to withdraw the nomination.
The White House continues to support her, saying in a statement that “Tracy Stone-Manning is a dedicated public servant who has years of experience and a proven track record of finding solutions and common ground when it comes to our public lands and waters.”
But even as the Biden administration stands firm on her contested nomination, Stone-Manning has also faced criticism from her own side of the political aisle.
Former BLM Director Bob Abbey, who ran the agency for most of former President Barack Obama’s first term, said Stone-Manning’s involvement in the eco-terrorism case is disqualifying.
A vote on Stone-Manning’s nomination has not yet been scheduled, the Daily Caller confirmed.