STATEMENT: Bernhardt Is a Far Cry From the Leader the Interior Department Needs, CAP’s Christy Goldfuss Says

Washington, D.C. — After the Senate voted today to confirm David Bernhardt as secretary of the interior, Christy Goldfuss, senior vice president of Energy and Environment Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:

Today, the Senate voted to put a former oil industry lobbyist in charge of the Interior Department. As the most conflicted nominee of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, David Bernhardt is a far cry from the leader the Interior Department needs to break free of the culture of corruption and political favoritism that have come to define it. Now, it is even more critical for Congress to fulfill its oversight of the department when it comes to breaches of scientific integrity, ethics, and public trust.

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