Senate Confirms David Bernhardt as Interior Secretary
Despite an unfolding controversy over suppression of evidence that pesticides pose great dangers to wildlife, the U.S. Senate this morning confirmed David Bernhardt as the next secretary of the Interior.
The vote came even as nine Democratic senators are seeking an Inspector General investigation of Bernhardt's efforts, as deputy Interior secretary, to scuttle a scientific review on the harms of chlorpyrifos and two other pesticides. The review concluded that these pesticides jeopardize the existence of more than 1,300 endangered species.
"Bernhardt has spent decades scheming to undercut protections for wildlife and public lands across the country," said Kierán Suckling, the Center's executive director. "He's the perfect distillation of Trump's contempt for the natural world."