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Fajada Butte, Chaco Canyon National Historical park, New Mexico. Photo: Adam Markham.

Chaco Canyon at Risk: Interior Nominee Bernhardt Wants to Drill on Lands Sacred to Tribes

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

What’s happening under Bernhardt’s watch in northwestern New Mexico illustrates in microcosm why he is perhaps the worst possible choice for the job as top steward of our public lands. Read more >

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Photo: USDA

Zinke Circles the Drain, but the Stains of His Reign Remain at Department of the Interior

, Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Democracy

During his time as Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke gutted the agency he was charged with leading to advance oil, gas, and mining interests on our shared public lands. Read more >

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Photo: Derrick Jackson

Gutting Protections in a Marine Sanctuary: Trump and Zinke Take Aim at Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument

The monument includes canyons as deep as the Grand Canyon and undersea mountains that rise 7,000 feet from the seafloor. Now it’s under attack by the Trump administration, which is seeking to weaken protections for the sanctuary’s wildlife. Read more >

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Photo: NCinDC/CC BY-ND 2.0 (Flickr)

DOI’s New Policy Restricts Science Under the Guise of Transparency

, researcher, Center for Science & Democracy

Last week, Interior Department Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt issued an order, “Promoting Open Science”, purportedly to increase transparency and public accessibility of the research used by the Department to make science-based decisions. This seems dubious coming from a person who spent much of his career lobbying for the oil and gas industry and who at his confirmation hearing professed, “Here’s the reality: We’re going to look at the science whatever it is, but … policy decisions are made — this president ran and he won on a particular perspective.” The order, effective immediately, is not unlike the EPA’s “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” proposed rule, in that it restricts the use of science in important decisions that affects the public and our environment. Read more >

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The endangered black-footed ferret. Photo: USFWS Mountain-prairie

Proposed Changes to the Endangered Species Act Threaten Wildlife

, researcher, Center for Science & Democracy

The Trump Administration is threatening species, land conservation, and human health and wellbeing by rolling back our health, safety, and environmental protections. This time the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) are attempting to undercut the scientific basis of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by proposing changes that will make it less effective, even increasing the chances that species will go extinct. Read more >

Photo: USFWS Mountain-Praire
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