People over profit. Tell Congress to hold Trump’s Interior head & corporate tycoon David Bernhardt accountable

U.S. Congress

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David Bernhardt, Trump’s Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary, is now using his position as Interior Secretary to promote the interests of past clients, notably Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA). This association represents oil companies like Shell, ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil that have multibillion dollar stakes in exploiting previously protected lands and waters.

We will not stand idly by as this blatant conflict-of-interest and abuse of power imperils our public lands, climate, and wildlife.  

The rollbacks of public lands protections that Bernhardt green-lighted were done haphazardly and often without due process. Our climate is in a state of crisis, and some of our most iconic landscapes are at risk.

That’s why we are calling on Congress to investigate whether Interior Secretary Bernhardt violated the spirit or the letter of any ethics laws that limit federal officials’ interactions with and on behalf of former clients. Additionally, we demand Congress investigate past clients of David Bernhardt -- such as the IPAA -- to discern whether they purposely and knowingly took advantage of their relationship with the Interior Secretary for financial gain.

Sign the petition: Demand Congress hold DOI Secretary David Bernhardt accountable.

Participating Organizations:
Clean Water Action
Climate Hawks Vote
Common Cause
Daily Kos
Endangered Species Coalition
Friends of the Earth
Mighty Earth
Waterkeeper Alliance
Western Values Project
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To: U.S. Congress
From: [Your Name]

I write to express my concern that David Bernhardt is using his position as Interior Secretary to promote the interests of past clients, notably Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA). This association represents oil companies like Shell, ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil that have multibillion dollar stakes in exploiting previously protected lands and waters.

We will not stand idly by as this blatant conflict-of-interest and abuse of power imperils our public lands, climate, and wildlife. The rollbacks of public lands protections that Bernhardt green-lighted were done haphazardly and often without due process.

Our climate is in a state of crisis, and some of our most iconic landscapes are at risk. I, along with thousands of Americans, am calling on you to: (1) Investigate whether Interior Secretary Bernhardt violated the spirit or the letter of any ethics laws that limit federal officials’s interactions with and on behalf of former clients and (2) Investigate past clients of David Bernhardt such as the IPAA to discern whether they purposely and knowingly took advantage of their relationship with the Interior Secretary for financial gain.