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Bernhardt Hysteria!

God forbid someone not from the Natural Resources Defense Council or the Environmental Defense Fund gets appointed to head the Dept. of the Interior.

Apr 11, 2019

Crime:  Lobbyist for farmers to get more water for California's Central Valley and believes changes are needed in the Endangered Species Act.  

Punishment:  Not fit for public service.  Should not be confirmed to head the Dept. of the Interior.

God forbid someone not from the Natural Resources Defense Council or the Environmental Defense Fund gets appointed to head the Dept. of the Interior.  Environmental groups are putting on the full court press to try to derail the appointment of David Bernhardt as Secretary of the Department.  

These environmental groups think that if you don't agree with them you must be in favor of raping the land and sea.  Doug Obegi of the NRDC writes "Having failed to overturn the 2008 and 2009 biological opinions in litigation as an attorney for the Westlands Water District, and having largely failed to overturn those biological opinions as a Congressional lobbyist for Westlands...David Bernhardt is now trying a third time to overturn these biological opinions from his position atop the Interior Department."

Many of us in the agricultural community don't agree that the biological opinions are scientifically full proof.  They've never survived in a court of law.  I don't think we need to remind people that in 2010 in Federal Judge Oliver Wanger's court  his "225-page decision found that while pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta hurt the smelt, the restrictions that were set up to protect the fish were not justified."  He looked at the science and found it unsound.  He went on to say "The public cannot afford sloppy science and uni-directional preions that ignore California's water needs."  Sloppy science doesn't sound all that good to us.  But, it never stops environmental groups from demanding we follow their 'science' right off the cliff.

Radical environmentalists with the help of the mainstream media are doing their best to paint Bernhardt in the worst possible light.  Here are recent headlines:  

L.A. Times:  Column: See how the Interior Department has tried to stifle ethical doubts raised about its acting chief - “The public now can’t be sure if these decisions were made because they’re in the best interest of the public, or because acting Secretary Bernhardt has a former client with a big interest in getting this water and he put his thumb on the scale to make it happen,” 

NRDC:  The Trump/Bernhardt Plan for Extinction in the CA Bay-Delta - Despite voluminous scientific evidence demonstrating the need to increase protectionsfor endangered and threatened fish species, the Trump Administration is proposing to greatly weaken protections in order to increase water supply 

The Hill:  Dems want documents on Bernhardt’s lobbying work - Despite voluminous scientific evidence demonstrating the need to increase protectionsfor endangered and threatened fish species, the Trump Administration is proposing to greatly weaken protections in order to increase water supply 

KUER - Federal Watchdog Reviewing Allegations Acting Interior Secretary Broke Ethics Pledge - The tiny Delta smelt was at the center of a battle over irrigation involving an agricultural client for whom Bernhardt used to lobby.

If anyone needs lobbyists it's California farmers.  But it's apparently not a resume builder.

Meanwhile the State Senate this week confirmed Wade Crowfoot as California Secretary for Natural Resources.  He previously served as West Coast regional director for the Environmental Defense Fund.  No controversy, no problem.  

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