Biden has weak link on energy and ethics—an ex-Obama official with deep fossil fuel ties

Mother Jones | Aug 2, 2020 at 12:00 PM
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  • In June 2013, less than two months after stepping down as interior chief, Salazar became a partner at WilmerHale, a DC-based law and lobbying firm that represented BP in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and whose clients include several other drilling and mining companies that the Interior Department regulates.
  • In 2009, the Interior Department upheld a Bush administration policy prohibiting federal regulators from using the Endangered Species Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, despite the key role such pollution played in the perilous decline of polar bears and other species.