Joe Biden’s nominee for deputy secretary of the Interior Department Tommy Beaudreau, who was selected after fossil fuel industry allies in Congress objected to Biden’s original pick, has released his financial disclosure. Amid the multiple oil, gas, and coal companies that Beaudreau disclosed recently working for as a partner at Latham & Watkins, one client stands out as particularly misaligned with the conservationist mission of the Interior Department: Mohammed bin Salman’s NEOM Company, a high-tech utopian megacity that is being built on pristine tribal land along the coast of the Red Sea.
NEOM, which is slated to have an artificial moon, flying drone taxis, robot maids, and glow-in-the-dark beach sand, is being constructed on land that for hundreds of years has been occupied by the Huwaitat tribe. According to The Guardian, at least 20,000 members of the tribe are being forcibly removed to make way for NEOM.
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