Patagonia founder rejects 'disingenuous' invitation to testify

Patagonia founder rejects 'disingenuous' invitation to testify

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard on Tuesday rejected an invitation to testify before the House Natural Resources Committee, calling it “disingenuous.”

Chouinard had been invited to testify before the committee by Chairman Rob BishopRobert (Rob) William BishopPlan to turn to imported natural gas will cost Puerto Rico dearly The Hill's 12:30 Report Dems reverse course on White House parks plan MORE (R-Utah) about the Antiquities Act, after Patagonia criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL players stand in tunnel during anthem, extending protests 12 former top intel officials blast Trump's move to revoke Brennan's security clearance NYT: Omarosa believed to have as many as 200 tapes MORE’s decision to shrink the size of two national monuments in Utah.

“I find it disingenuous that after unethically using taxpayers’ resources to call us liars, you would ask me to testify in front of a committee for a matter already decided by the administration and applauded by the Utah delegation just a week ago,” Chouinard wrote in an open letter posted on Patagonia’s website on Tuesday.

“It is clear the House Committee on Natural Resources, like many committees in this failed Orwellian government, is shackled to special interests of oil, gas, and mining and will seek to sell off our public lands at every turn."

He added that he had “little hope that you are working in good faith with this invitation.”

Patagonia had slammed Trump's decision to reduce the size of the monuments by displaying a message that read "The President Stole Your Land" on the company's website and filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the move.

The Natural Resources Committee fired back with a similar ad that read "Patagonia Is Lying To You."

Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeOvernight Energy: Interior drilling auction sees few bids | Big oil targets Florida in offshore drilling fight | Puerto Rico utility says all customers now have power Oil industry targets Florida in new offshore drilling advocacy push Fewer than 1 percent of offshore drilling tracts auctioned by Trump receive bids MORE also criticized the company over the move, calling Patagonia a “special interest."

CORRECTION 6:05 P.M.: An earlier version of this story misidentified Chouinard. Rose Marcario is Patagonia’s president and CEO.