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 BishopOvernight Energy: Outdoor retailer Patagonia makes first Senate endorsements | EPA withdraws Obama uranium milling rule | NASA chief sees 'no reason' to dismiss UN climate report Patagonia makes its first election endorsements with two Western Democrats Daylight Saving Time costs more than it's worth MORE (R-Utah) about the Antiquities Act, after Patagonia criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpMeet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time Avenatti denies domestic violence allegations: 'I have never struck a woman' Trump names handbag designer as ambassador to South Africa 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: House Dems at odds over how to handle climate change | Trump shows support to California over wildfires | Zinke calls fires worse than Iraq war zones Zinke: California wildfire destruction 'worse than any war zone I saw in Iraq' Trump offers support to California governor amid feud over wildfires 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.