Today the U.S. Senate held a procedural vote for Interior’s deputy secretary nomination of David Bernhardt.
The former California lobbyist and high-ranking staffer at Interior under President George W. Bush has a longstanding history with oil and gas companies, having pushed for the removal of impediments to drilling in land use plans and advancing energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The Wilderness Society issued the following statement from Melyssa Watson, vice president for conservation:
“Given his worrisome track record and numerous conflicts of interest, Mr. Bernhardt is unfit for this post. This administration has already established a dangerous pattern of putting special interests above the interests of the American people and the health of our public lands, and this nomination is no different.
“The nation deserves better from the second highest-ranking steward of their lands than someone who will place the demands of the oil and gas lobby above the interests of all Americans.”