Monday Fossils


Ryan Zinke’s exit as interior secretary elevates a former lobbyist to the job, meaning the top two US environmental agencies will now be run by people previously paid by industry.

The deputy secretary, David Bernhardt, will take over at least temporarily when Zinke steps down at the end of the year. He also could be in the running to head the department permanently. And at the Environmental Protection Agency, the acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler, who was a coal lobbyist, will be nominated to keep the post.

Bernhardt was a fossil fuels and water industry lobbyist at the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck before he joined the Trump administration. He was previously the chief lawyer at the interior department under the George W Bush administration .

In an ethics pledge, Bernhardt said he would wait until August 2019 to have certain interactions with his former firm and some major oil and gas companies he represented. But many of the industry-friendly changes he has ushered in as the No 2 official were on the wishlists of the companies who employed him.

“It’s not so much who has he helped. It’s who hasn’t he helped in industry so far,” said Bobby McEnaney, who works on western US energy issues for the Natural Resources Defense Council.


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9 Responses to Monday Fossils

  1. Den says:

    We will all be Fossils before we can get the oil slime/plastic to stop.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Just to Larry Street as I started late and it becomes dark ever earlier. Street cleaner had picked up most of the gravel.

    Day 2: 54+43=97 minutes.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Nuevo Vallarta is temporarily closed on Mondays again so I am at the Pizza Hut for a pepperoni and pineapple personal pan pizza. 😐


  4. Den says:

    The art of Cat Wrapping:


  5. David B. Benson says:

    The 2019 Putin pix calender has already sold out in Japan.


  6. °¿º Carol says:

    No cat of mine would have ever sat still and let me wrap him in wrapping paper.


  7. °¿º Carol says:

    Micki, I got your email yesterday. Who knows why you had trouble, something was down along the internet. I never noticed it was down at my end, it probably was just a short interruption.


  8. °¿º Carol says:

    Pete called me this morning, left a message on the answering machine. I told you I sleep like the dead, never heard the phone ringing. Shocks me how I can sleep through anything, lol.

    He said he talked to the car shop, my car was done, they were detailing it and would call me today, we could pick it up, or pick it up tomorrow.

    Well, no one called me. 😦 Kind of irritating, but we weren’t going to go get it until to tomorrow anyway They better call me in the morning, the clock is ticking. Need to shop. Made salads today, not enough lettuce left for 3, barely enough for one salad. HELP! Hope they call me, I’ll shop on Wednesday, planning on that.


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