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Judge Blocks Trump’s Unlawful Public Lands Head from Serving 

HeadlineSep 28, 2020

A federal judge ruled Friday Trump’s head of public lands has been serving in his role unlawfully, blocking him from carrying on in his position. William Perry Pendley has been the acting director of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management for the past year — allowing him to bypass Senate confirmation. The Interior Department said it would appeal the ruling.

Last month, 300 organizations signed on to a letter calling on the Senate to reject Pendley as head of the Bureau of Land Management, highlighting his “radical anti-science and anti-conservation positions,” which include once calling the Endangered Species Act a “joke.” He has also repeatedly attacked immigrant, Indigenous and communities of color.

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