Jeffrey Bossert Clark, the lawyer who defended BP in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster—the country's worst oil spill to date—will soon be running the U.S. Department of Justice office that oversees environmental enforcement. The Senate confirmed Clark's nomination on Tuesday. BP, of course, was found "grossly negligent" for the disaster that killed 11 rig workers and spewed nearly 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, devastating local ecosystems and economies. Nominating people to posts for which they are particularly ill-suited, however, is classic Trump.
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ExplainerUnited States, LouisianaPatrick Rogers
The resulting loss to life, livelihoods, and the environment hasn't slowed offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. But it should.
Expert BlogRhea Suh
The administration’s new five-year offshore drilling plan puts polluter profits over the public good—and risks another BP oil spill–style disaster.
Expert BlogKhalil Shahyd
Don’t allow the Trump administration to pass the cost of his political agenda onto America’s families.
Expert BlogSharon Buccino
The Interior Department is the caretaker of America’s public lands, wildlife and natural resources. Unfortunately, Interior Secretary Zinke is proving to be a steward for just a few of us—the oil, gas and coal companies who seek to dig and…