'Corporate Stooge' Now No. 2 at Trump's Interior Department
Guess who's now the No. 2 person in charge at Trump's Interior Department, the agency in charge of managing endangered species and public lands? David Bernhardt — who's spent his career lobbying for the oil and gas industry, trying to water down the Endangered Species Act and weaken water quality in California's Bay Delta.
Bernhardt, confirmed by the Senate this week, served as Interior's top lawyer during the Bush administration, authoring several policies that sharply limited protections for endangered species. One policy even precluded species like the polar bear from protections against greenhouse gases, the primary threat to the animal's survival.
"Trump promised to drain the swamp, but instead he's filling it with the worst cast of anti-environmental corporate stooges in history," said the Center's Noah Greenwald.
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