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Zinke's likely successor is a former olympic lobbyist who has influenced Trump's energy policy

Mr. Bernhardt's supposed appearance to actors secures the events at the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year. In July, Scott Pruitt, then director of E.P.A., had to go down a series of ethical scandals. He was succeeded in an actor by his deputy assistant Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist with a low professional profile, but deeply aware of the organ he ran and the industry rules tried to regret him. Picture Mr.. Zinke on a rodeo in Salt Lake City in July. Mr Trump has commended his "out-of-central-cast" style. Credit Rick Bowmer / Associated Press "I see a parallel to EPA," said Ms Sgamma from the Western Energy Alliance. "Environmentalists wanted scalps, they got Pruitts scalp, but the policy did not change. I expect the same thing to happen with Interior." Mr. Bernhardt, a lawyer and former Interior Department official in the George W. Bush administration, lacks the robust, open-air image embraced by Zinke, a former Navy SEAL who praised Trump for its out-of-casting style. "Zinke is something of a cowboy who often shoots from the hip and may speak without knowing all the facts and he needed a real professional who knows how the department works," said Whit Fosburgh, chairman of Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership a a advocacy group for hunters, fishermen and others. "It has been David's job to actually put what Zinke says to politics." The environmental and government guard groups say that when Bernhard has adopted these policies, he has monitored proposals that could create…

Mr. Bernhardt’s supposed appearance to actors secures the events at the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year. In July, Scott Pruitt, then director of E.P.A., had to go down a series of ethical scandals. He was succeeded in an actor by his deputy assistant Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist with a low professional profile, but deeply aware of the organ he ran and the industry rules tried to regret him.

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Mr.. Zinke on a rodeo in Salt Lake City in July. Mr Trump has commended his “out-of-central-cast” style. Credit Rick Bowmer / Associated Press

“I see a parallel to EPA,” said Ms Sgamma from the Western Energy Alliance. “Environmentalists wanted scalps, they got Pruitts scalp, but the policy did not change. I expect the same thing to happen with Interior.”

Mr. Bernhardt, a lawyer and former Interior Department official in the George W. Bush administration, lacks the robust, open-air image embraced by Zinke, a former Navy SEAL who praised Trump for its out-of-casting style.

“Zinke is something of a cowboy who often shoots from the hip and may speak without knowing all the facts and he needed a real professional who knows how the department works,” said Whit Fosburgh, chairman of Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership a a advocacy group for hunters, fishermen and others. “It has been David’s job to actually put what Zinke says to politics.”

The environmental and government guard groups say that when Bernhard has adopted these policies, he has monitored proposals that could create profits for his former customers. Representative Raúl M. Grijalva, the Arizona Democrat, who is expected to be chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee once the Democrats return to the House as majority party in January, has said he intends to look at Bernhardt’s business within the Agency. 19659007] “Mr. Bernhardt’s serious conflicts of interest are well known to us, and we will review his role in decision-making within the Interior Ministry, regardless of his position, “said Grijalva, in an e-mailed statement.

The energy industry has benefited from the policy Mr. Bernhardt has hardened. The agency has opened the east coast for offshore oil and gas drilling for the first time, loosened the standards for the threatened species law, weakened safety regulations for offshore drilling equipment and reduced the limits of national monuments to open the country for mining and drilling.

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