Department of The Interior (DOI)

Interior Department opens ethics probe into new Secretary David Bernhardt

Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.
Interior Department Secretary, David Bernhardt. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

The Interior Department’s inspector general has launched an investigation into ethics complaints leveled against the agency’s new secretary, David Bernhardt, who was confirmed by the Senate last week, the New York Times reports.

Details: Mary Kendall, the agency’s deputy inspector general, told the 8 Democratic senators who requested a formal investigation that she had received 7 complaints from "a wide assortment of complainants alleging various conflicts of interest and other violations" by Bernhardt. Recent reporting by the Times revealed that Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for oil and gas companies, had used his position in the Trump administration to promote a policy advocated by his former client, among other things.

Elizabeth Warren's public lands proposal would reverse Trump policies

Elizabeth Warren picketing
Elizabeth Warren picketing in Massachusetts. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

2020 hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) proposed a broad plan on Monday to protect America's public lands, another addition to her list of proposed policies to set herself apart from a crowded Democratic field.

The big picture: Warren's proposal would reverse some of the Trump administration's most visible energy policies, including an executive order on her first day in office that would end drilling offshore and on public lands. It would also require that 10% of U.S. electricity generation must come from renewable sources located offshore or on public lands.