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Trump Administration Loosens Sage Grouse Protections, Benefiting Oil Companies

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday finalized its plan to loosen Obama-era protections on the habitat of the sage grouse, an imperiled ground-nesting bird that roams across 10 oil-rich Western states. The plan, which would strip away protections for […]

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Gray Wolves May Lose Endangered Status and Protections

HELENA, Mont. — Federal wildlife officials are proposing to strip endangered species protections from the gray wolf populations in the Lower 48 states, citing significant increases in their numbers across much of the nation. The decision, announced on Wednesday by David Bernhardt, the acting secretary of the Interior Department, is likely to set off another […]

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Top Leader at Interior Dept. Pushes a Policy Favoring His Former Client

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — As a lobbyist and lawyer, David Bernhardt fought for years on behalf of a group of California farmers to weaken Endangered Species Act protections for a finger-size fish, the delta smelt, to gain access to irrigation water. As […]

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Trump Chooses David Bernhardt, a Former Oil Lobbyist, to Head the Interior Dept.

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday announced he would nominate David Bernhardt, a former oil lobbyist and current deputy chief of the Interior Department, to succeed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who resigned amid allegations of ethical missteps. In a message […]

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Zinke’s Likely Successor Is a Former Oil Lobbyist Who Has Influenced Trump’s Energy Policy

WASHINGTON — With Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke departing at the end of the year, the agency will likely be run, at least for a time, by its deputy secretary, David Bernhardt, a former oil lobbyist who has played a central role in enacting President Trump’s agenda of rolling back conservation measures and opening up public […]

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Ryan Zinke, Into the Sunset

Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the Interior Department, is the second devoted cheerleader for President Trump’s ill-conceived strategy of “energy dominance” to be ushered out the door. The first was Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Like Mr. Pruitt, Mr. Zinke leaves under a cloud of possible ethical violations. Also like Mr. […]

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Ryan Zinke, Face of Trump Environmental Rollbacks, Is Leaving Interior Department

Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the Interior Department and a key figure in the president’s sweeping plan to reshape the nation’s environmental framework, will leave his post at the end of the year, President Trump said on Saturday. Mr. Zinke’s departure comes amid numerous ethics investigations into his business dealings, travel and policy decisions. “Secretary […]

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