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New York Times: “Top Leader at Interior Dept. Pushes a Policy Favoring His Former Client”
“David Bernhardt, the agency’s acting chief, wants … a change that benefits few outside a California group he once represented as a lobbyist.”
Have you seen this?
When Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt worked as a lobbyist, he spent years trying to do away with Endangered Species Act protections for the delta smelt — a change that would help almost no one except a group of his former clients.
Now that he’s the head of the Interior Department, he is working to finish what he started as a lobbyist. According to James Thurber, a Distinguished Professor of Government at American University who was quoted in the New York Times:
And ethics aren’t the only issue here — if Bernhardt gets his way, the San Francisco Bay Delta could be headed for ecological disaster! If special interests can reroute river water because the delta smelt is no longer protected, many other fish, birds, and even orcas could be in danger. Make no mistake, what ex-lobbyist Bernhardt is trying to do for a former client would set a dangerous precedent for the future of our wildlife and public lands.
We can’t let Bernhardt get away with undermining the Endangered Species Act as a favor to a former special interest lobbying client. Sign our petition demanding that Congress investigate Bernhardt’s conflicts of interest!