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David Bernhardt seeks to block FOIA into DOI activities

The Interior Department Wants to Restrict Public Requests for Information

Just when you thought the Interior Department might recover from former secretary Ryan Zinke’s leadership, it becomes clear the acting secretary David Bernhardt’s leadership might not be any better. The Interior Department proposed a rule over the government shutdown that would restrict public records requests through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The FOIA is “vital to the functioning of…

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David Bernhardt nominated as Secretary of Interior - another example of the fox guarding the henhouse

Trump Nominates Fossil Fuel Lobbyist David Bernhardt As Interior Secretary

After Ryan Zinke left in disgrace, Trump’s nomination of David Bernhardt As Interior Secretary represents more of the same: the fox guarding the henhouse.

The corruption of Ryan Zinke

What Are Interior Secretary Zinke and His Department Hiding From the American People?

In the age of Trump, it is open season mission-driven leadership among the government’s most useful agencies. Instead, Trump’s men plunder and hide.

The corruption of Ryan Zinke

The Latest Happenings of Zinke’s Corrupt Interior Department

The happenings within the Trump administration can read like a soap opera. The recent departures of two top Interior Department officials are the latest storyline. Downey Magallanes, former deputy chief of staff and a top adviser to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, resigned on August 24. She already started a new job at BP. She worked on policy and operations, according…

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Trump's men willing to do his anti-environmental agenda

Interior Secretary and EPA Chief Do Trump’s Dirty Environmental Bidding

President Trump is no friend to the environment. Months after being in office, he pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate treaty. He has made it clear he wants more fossil fuels pumped out of the ground, even at the expense of public lands. And he has two cronies to carry out his policies. Those cronies are Ryan Zinke,…

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The Interior Department is In Bed With the Oil and Gas Industry

President Trump signed an executive order last year promoting energy independence. The day after, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued two orders with the intention of implementing Trump’s executive order. They promote the development of energy, including oil and gas, on public lands. Reuters recently reported that oil and gas drillers only bid on a “tiny fraction” of Gulf of Mexico…

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Zinke Strips Away Protections, Reduces Public Comment Period on Federal Lands

Expect more oil and gas drilling on federal lands. A new policy implemented by the Trump administration rolls back oil and gas drilling policies for federal land implemented in 2010 by the Obama administration. A recent Bureau of Land Management memo states that public review and disclosure of environmental harm from drilling and fracking will be eliminated. Stripping away protections…

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