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David Bernhardt

Newly confirmed interior secretary suppressed information on pesticide risks, documents show


When Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke stepped down in January amid multiple ethics probes, his deputy secretary, David Bernhardt, filled in. Now, as the longtime oil and agribusiness lobbyist formally takes the reins at the Interior Department, criticism is mounting over alleged conflicts of interest and government documents indicate that Bernhardt interfered with a key US Fish and Wildlife Service report that detailed the risks pesticides can pose to endangered species.

Coal plant emission

Two recent EPA decisions threaten children’s health, experts say

Kavanaugh 2006

What would a Justice Kavanaugh mean for the environment?

Westlake Chemical

EPA weakens oversight of toxic chemicals

Wood scraps

The UK’s move away from coal means they’re burning wood from the US

Whitehouse Koch bros

Democratic senators probe the extent of Koch brothers’ influence on Trump administration policy


As the close ties between fossil fuel billionaires Charles and David Koch and the Trump administration come to light, Democratic senators are demanding answers about how much influence the Koch brothers have had in shaping key federal policies, including the decision to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement and the shrinking of national monuments.

Scott Pruitt at Congress

Ethical and legal questions surround Scott Pruitt’s time at the EPA


Democrats in Congress are pushing for his resignation, but so far most GOP members have remained quiet.

Polluting plant

Groups sue EPA over regulatory rollback, saying clean air is ‘at risk’


Once a major polluter becomes subject to the most-stringent regulations, it is always subject to the most stringent regulations, in perpetuity. Now, however, the EPA is rolling back the “once in always in” policy, and environmental activists are alarmed.

City streets and highway overpasses are shown in San Diego, California.

Scott Pruitt’s plan would double allowable auto emissions by 2025


EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to roll back fuel efficiency standards developed under President Obama. The decision would increase carbon emissions and pollution nationwide and also sets the stage for a possible legal battle with California, which wants to keep its more stringent standards.

Harley-Davidson motorcycles on display at the company’s headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. An EPA penalty of $15 million for selling emissions defeat devices was decreased by $3 million under the Trump administration in December 2017.

Environmental prosecutions under Trump projected to be the lowest in two decades

Global Politics

Despite promises to “promote clean air and water,” environmental prosecutions and penalties have drastically decreased during Trump’s first year.