Bernhardt Is Unfit to Lead Interior

WASHINGTON – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is expected to vote Thursday on the nomination of David Bernhardt to become Interior Secretary.

The following is a statement from John Bowman, Managing Director of Government Affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“Bernhardt is far too conflicted to lead this agency, given his track record of advocating for oil and gas, mining, agribusiness interests and other polluters. He has made no secret of his mission to attack our lands, wildlife and waters, and he’s uniquely unfit to become our next Secretary of the Interior.  

“A vote for Bernhardt is a vote for offshore drilling and a raid on our natural resources and public health.”

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