Breaking: Bernhardt Weakens Endangered Species Protections to Benefit Former Client

Statement by Western Values Project Deputy Director Jayson O’Neill:

“Once again, Interior Secretary Bernhardt — the Trump administration’s most conflicted and corrupt cabinet member — has put the wishlist of his former clients above what’s best for America’s lands and natural resources. This egregious decision to weaken these protections has always been about appeasing Bernhardt’s powerful former lobbying client, the Westlands Water District. The cascading effects of the former mega-lobbyist pulling Interior’s levers of power for his special interest pals will have lasting and damaging impacts.” 

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