David Bernhardt Wins 2019 Rubber Dodo Award
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is the winner of the Center's 2019 Rubber Dodo award — our faux-accolade given each year to the person who has most aggressively sought to destroy the wild and drive vulnerable species extinct.
Bernhardt, a longtime lobbyist for polluters, has pushed to gut the Endangered Species Act, suppressed data showing pesticides harm at least 1,400 protected species, opened vast tracts of public land to oil and gas drilling, and fueled the extinction crisis by delaying protections for rare animals and plants across the country.
"Bernhardt's a one-man wrecking ball," said Kierán Suckling, the Center's executive director. "He was a shameless shill for dirty industry before he took over Interior, and as its secretary, he still is."