David Bernhardt


William Pendley was removed as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management after a federal judge ruled that he had been illegally serving in that role. Photo: Wikimedia

Pendley Is Ousted, but Interior Continues to Protect Its Illegal Hire

, Climate scientist

It should be celebrated that a man who once claimed that the founding fathers intended for all public lands to be sold and that climate science is “junk science” is no longer the acting leader of a federal agency that manages 10 percent of the US landmass, even if Interior is still keeping him on in a leadership role. Read more >

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Photo: Pete Markham/Flickr

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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