Texas chooses the fossil fuel CEO behind Dakota Access to guard its parks and wildlife

Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, has had a long career in the fossil fuel business. While the months-long fight over his company’s controversial Dakota Access Pipeline and slump in oil prices contributed to what Warren called the “toughest year of my career,” things seem to be looking up for the Dallas billionaire. Donald Trump is now president and Warren’s nomination to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission on its way to approval.

A state senate nominations committee voted 4–3 along party lines Thursday to approve Warren’s nomination to the 10-person commission, the Guardian reported. Warren has been serving on the commission since November 2015, when he was nominated by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to help steward the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department — the stated mission of which is to “manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas” and ensure present and future generations have access to hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation opportunities. This session is the first opportunity for state Senate confirmation.

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