By: Konrad Holden
Tracy Stone-Manning, Biden’s nomination for director of the Bureau of Land Management, has come under intense scrutiny from the press and Republican lawmakers during her confirmation hearing. She once advocated for US women to only have two children and she was also investigated in connection with an ecoterrorism plot in the 1980s.
Many of Biden’s nominations have been complete radicals clothed in professional, moderate clothing. His nomination for the director of the Bureau of Land Management is no different.
Tracy Stone-Manning has lots of controversy in her past connected to environmental causes.
In her Master’s thesis, she argued that couples should limit themselves to two children because extra human beings put a strain on the environment. Her thesis states that “if there were fewer of us, we would have less impact” and “we must breed fewer consuming humans.”
But her radical inclinations didn’t just stay on paper.
In fact, she was investigated in connection with an ecoterrorism plot and only confessed her part when offered immunity. In the 1980s, Stone-Manning testified to federal agents that she wrote an anonymous letter to the Forest Service for a tree spiking scheme. Tree spiking is the practice of inserting a large metal spike near the base of a tree. The spikes destroy chainsaws, lumber mill equipment, and have even been known to injure lumber mill workers.
Stone-Manning faced heavy criticism from Senate Republicans during her confirmation hearing after she allegedly fibbed on her confirmation questionnaire about ever being investigated.
"The earth is only so big, and we can tap into it only so often. In America, we tap in often and hard. When we overpopulate, the earth notices it more. Stop at two [children]. It could be the best thing you do for the planet." - Tracy Stone-Manning’s Master’s thesis project