David Bernhardt


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With the Public Distracted, Interior Department Moves Full Speed Ahead on Oil and Gas Leases

, Climate scientist

Interior Secretary Bernhardt and his staff are using the pandemic crisis as an excuse to sideline science, shut down advisory committees, and sell off oil and gas leases at discount prices without sufficient environmental review. Here’s what they should be doing instead. Read more >

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Acting BLM Director William Pendley at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on September 10, 2019. Photo: House Natural Resources Committee/YouTube

Recusal Is Not an Excusal: William Pendley and Conflicts of Interest at the BLM

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

The acting director of the BLM is deeply conflicted, unqualified, and fundamentally opposed to the mission of the agency he is leading. Read more >

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Cultivating Censorship at the National Park Service: New Acting Director Issues Controversial Memo

, Climate scientist

It has come to light that a recently issued memo may severely restrict the ability of park superintendents and other staff to weigh in on activities happening on adjacent public lands. It is a clear effort by the Trump administration to undermine government science and its role in protecting our nation’s public lands. Read more >

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Chevron will be in the same building as the new BLM headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado. Photo: Carbon Visuals/Flickr

Bureau of Land Management Headquarters to Move in with Chevron. Will They Share a Bed?

, Senior Fellow

The Department of the Interior is relocating BLM headquarters to a new office Grand Junction, Colorado, where it will share a building with Chevron and oil and gas lobbying organizations—a symbolic capstone to the administration’s blatant efforts to hand industry the keys to public lands. Read more >

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Taking the “Public” out of Public Service, New Interior Secretary Bernhardt Refuses to Address Climate Change

, Senior Fellow

Trump Administration Cabinet officials have hit a number of new lows in recent months, but there is a more troubling trend that gets lost in all the scandal and incompetence. In the past, industry-friendly administrations hired political leaders who would emphasize deregulation and industry priorities, and minimize work on conservation and American health and safety. You may not agree with their priorities, but as long as they operated within the law, they were entitled to impose their policy priorities on the executive branch.

The Trump administration, however, is not concerned about operating within the law, and newly minted Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is exhibit A. Read more >

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