Almost two years ago, Interior Secretary Zinke rode into office on horseback. Now he’s slinking back to Montana in disgrace after resigning in a cloud of scandal. But this wannabe cowboy can’t run from the law forever -- his own agency just referred his case to the Justice Department for criminal investigation.
When the Trump administration refused to hold Zinke accountable for selling out our public lands, we stepped in. With rallies, emails, phone calls and tweets, we made sure his scandals stayed in the spotlight -- from private flights to shady energy contracts and an unprecedented move to raid public lands for profit.
But his likely replacement, David Bernhardt, is a former oil and gas lobbyist whose firm sued the DOI four times over endangered species protections. And he’s just as eager to sell out our public lands for short-term profit.
Confirming Zinke was a mistake from day one -- and Congress needs to do better this time. Tell your senator to confirm a nominee who will protect our public lands, not sell them out to Big Oil and corporate polluters.
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