Press Release

Midterm elections rebuke Trump attacks on public lands, air and water

U.S. Capitol Dome in Washington, DC

U.S. Capitol Dome in Washington, DC

Mason Cummings (TWS)

Voters affirm that politicians embrace Trump's drill-everywhere agenda at their own risk

For the first time since 2011, a pro-conservation majority will control the House of Representatives. The change comes after nearly two years in which the Trump Administration made radical reversals of policies related to climate change, air pollution, sound science, drilling, mining and conservation.
The following statement is from Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society:
“Americans have spoken. In these elections, voters stood up for protecting our shared public lands, air and water, and against policies that drill and mine our nation’s sacred places and keep families from enjoying the great outdoors. Not only does the Trump Administration’s reckless drill-everywhere agenda put the nation’s health at risk, it’s also wildly unpopular and other politicians embrace it at their own risk.
“We urge the incoming congressional leaders to listen to the American people. The vast majority of voters have affirmed, as they have for decades, that public lands belong to our communities and future generations, not oil companies and special interests.”



  • Kate Mackay, Senior Director, Communications Strategy, The Wilderness Society, (602) 571-2603, 

The Wilderness Society, founded in 1935, is the leading conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. With more than one million members and supporters, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect 109 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands.