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'A Win for Big Oil and a Gut Punch to Public Lands': Conflict-Ridden Former Lobbyist Bernhardt Confirmed as Interior Secretary

'A Win for Big Oil and a Gut Punch to Public Lands': Conflict-Ridden Former Lobbyist Bernhardt Confirmed as Interior Secretary

Julia Conley, staff writer

Climate action groups were angered but unsurprised Thursday when the Republican-led Senate confirmed former oil industry lobbyist David Bernhardt as the next Interior Secretary—seemingly abandoning the GOP's stated goal of "draining the swamp," considering Bernhardt's background.

By a 56-41 vote, the Senate named as the nation's top official overseeing public lands and natural resources a fossil fuel industry insider with 26 known conflicts of interest—which Bernhardt lists on a notecard he regularly carries around, according to reports.

Public lands are supposed to be shared in perpetuity. Yet wherever the oil and gas industry goes, it absolutely destroys the land for any other purpose. They do not share. They destroy.

Isn’t there a senate provision that a single senator can stop a nominee?

Oh, and the raping of the U.S. will continue as long as Trump is around.