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    Default Finally, a new Secretary of the Interior

    Getting better all the time. At this rate there should be a turnover of acting secretaries by 2020.

    https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-...411-story.html

    David Bernhardt, President Trump’s pick to the lead the Interior Department, was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday amid persistent ethical concerns and doubts about his independence from the energy and water industry groups he long represented as a lobbyist.
    Senators voted 56-41 in favor of Bernhardt’s confirmation. Several Democrats crossed party lines to support the nominee, including Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico.Sen. Angus King of Maine, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also voted for confirmation.

    Before becoming acting secretary, Bernhardt spent about eight years as a partner in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, one of the nation’s top-grossing law and lobbying firms, according to public rankings. There he represented energy, mining and Western water interests that deal with the Interior Department, including two California entities, Westlands Water District — the nation’s largest irrigation district — and Cadiz Inc.
    Bernhardt’s firm sued the department four times on Westlands’ behalf. He personally argued one appeals case challenging federal endangered species protections for imperiled salmon. He did legal work for Cadiz, which wants to build a water pipeline on a railroad right of way that crosses federal land in the California desert.
    When Bernhardt was confirmed as deputy secretary in 2017, he had to sign the administration’s ethics pledge and recuse himself from participating in “particular matters” involving more than two dozen former clients. Some of the recusals were effective for two years, others for one. In the last year, he has helped put policies in place that benefit businesses he once represented as a lobbyist.
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    Bernhardt could not have been appointed to an Interior Department post under the Obama administration’s ethics pledge, which barred registered lobbyists from taking jobs with an agency they had lobbied within the last two years.
    Trump dropped that ban, and his administration’s ethics enforcement is not as strict as past administrations, according to legal experts.

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    Default Re: Finally, a new Secretary of the Interior

    The turnover of the reins of power to vested interests... continues.
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    Default Re: Finally, a new Secretary of the Interior

    "Trump administration's ethics enforcement has not been as strict as past administrations".
    That's the understatement of the year!!!!
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    Default Re: Finally, a new Secretary of the Interior

    How long before the oil derricks start appearing in the state & national parks?
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    There are currently 534 active oil and gas wells across 12 units of the National Park System. There are 30 additional national parks with some “split estate” lands, but no active drilling at this point.
    https://www.npca.org/articles/1471-the-facts-on-oil-and-gas-drilling-in-national-parks


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    Default Re: Finally, a new Secretary of the Interior

    Another swamp creature.

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    Default Re: Finally, a new Secretary of the Interior

    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    There are currently 534 active oil and gas wells across 12 units of the National Park System. There are 30 additional national parks with some “split estate” lands, but no active drilling at this point.
    https://www.npca.org/articles/1471-the-facts-on-oil-and-gas-drilling-in-national-parks

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    Default Re: Finally, a new Secretary of the Interior

    It seems more like, we can't have anything that they can't sell to their most recent political donors.

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    Default Re: Finally, a new Secretary of the Interior

    But a skyline full of oil derricks can be a beautiful thing! Try to keep an open mind. 😉

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    There are over 350 lobbyists in the Two Scoops administration.
    http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/...mps-swamp.html
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