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The San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis) is but one the 1,399 species whose population is at risk of being lost due to pesticide exposure. Photo: USFWS/Flickr

1,399 Endangered Species Latest Casualty as David Bernhardt’s Siege on Science Continues at Interior Department

, Research scientist

Over the past two years, Bernhardt has played a prominent role in sidelining science in policy decisions at the Department of the Interior (DOI). How egregious are these attacks on science? Here are three that stand out, including one that just came to light and puts more than 1,200 endangered species at risk. Read more >

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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

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

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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