President Trump has nominated a lawyer for polluters to lead the government's environmental litigation team at the U.S. Department of Justice. Jeffrey Bossert Clark, a partner at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis, is Trump's choice for assistant attorney general for the DOJ's Environment and Natural Resources Division. Clark has a long history of opposing environmental legislation and protections. He has represented industry groups in failed lawsuits to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's and California's clean car standards. In 2010, Clark criticized the EPA's climate protection rules, claiming the agency was attempting to seize control of the economy. And during the disastrous BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, he even represented BP Exploration & Production. Clark is just what America doesn’t need—another enemy of the environment now charged with protecting it.
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Expert BlogDavid Doniger, Lissa Lynch, Derek Murrow
Expert BlogDavid Doniger
Future geologists will define the Trumpocene as the period of official climate denial and presidential attempts to roll back climate action, prop up declining energy firms, stop scientific and economic research on the health of our home planet, and destroy…