For Immediate Release
Jayson O’Neill, (406) 200-8582
The Trump Administration’s Four Years of Attacks On Our Public Lands
A look back at The Department Of Interior’s culture of corruption under Trump.
WASHINGTON - Over the past four years, the Trump administration has unilaterally ushered in the largest reductions to public lands protections and scrapped the largest habitat protection agreement in history, discredited science and climate science, issued countless rollbacks to bedrock environmental protections for corporate special interests, and repeatedly run afoul of the law. On the eve of National Public Lands Day, Western Values Project is issuing a report affirming Trump’s record as the worst public lands president in history and detailing the corruption behind his administration’s Department of the Interior.
- Scandal-plagued Ryan Zinke resigned in disgrace as interior secretary while he was the subject of several probes into his conduct during his time leading the agency.
- During former mega-lobbyist Bernhardt’s recusal period while he was deputy secretary, the Interior Department completed or moved forward with 25 policy actions requested or supported by at least 16 of his former clients.
- Just four days after his Senate confirmation as the new interior secretary, Bernhardt became the subject of a multifaceted investigation for numerous ethics violations that is still ongoing.
- Interior officials led the charge to tear down America’s bedrock environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act, and Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
- The Trump administration is responsible for the largest reduction of federal land protection in the nation’s history.
- Across the administration, science has been ignored, silenced, or marginalized to advance Trump and his allies’ corporate agenda.
Read the full Western Values Project research report on the Trump administration’s four years of corruption here.
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