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Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants the world to know when he's in the building. And so now, at Zinke's behest, the department's Washington headquarters flies a secretarial flag when Zinke arrives for the day and lowers it when he leaves. Flag raising, a Navy tradition, isn't something that's done for other Cabinet officials, and it isn't Zinke's only flamboyance. The former Navy SEAL minted his own challenge coin, rode a horse to his first day of work, and displayed his knife collection in his office before security asked him to remove it. But these stunts are mere distractions from Zinke's real influence as interior secretary. Since he was sworn in on March 1, 2017, to lead the $12 billion agency in charge of federal lands and natural resources, he's made unprecedented changes that could leave a lasting mark on America's wilderness and its environment.




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From his recent proposal to open almost all of America's coast to offshore drilling to rolling back federal protections on national monuments, Zinke has taken extraordinary steps to make public lands more accessible to fossil fuel companies and other industries. Part of what he's doing is selling mineral and energy rights to our public lands through leases -- and potentially lowering royalties for industries in the process. In line with Trump's interest in expanding mining on federal lands, Zinke has made critical mineral production a top priority.

"When Zinke was nominated, he told the American people that he was a conservationist in the tradition of Teddy Roosevelt, and he was committed to stewarding our public lands, and he was concerned about issues like global warming," says Jay Turner, an environmental historian at Wellesley College. "In practice, Zinke has aggressively worked to open up our public lands and natural resources to development by private interests and aggressively rolled back regulations meant to protect those resources and address issues like climate change."


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Of course this scum bag did.

Anyone who expected otherwise was fooling themselves.

The only thing better than him falling in a Yosemite hot spring is there being video of it on YouTube. These scum are lower than worthless.

#1 | Posted by jpw at 2018-03-06 03:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

My mother, typical Trump supporter:

Monday: I don't care if they put oil wells in the national parks if it provides more jobs for Americans.
Tuesday (when a beach scene comes on TV): Isn't America such a beautiful country?

You can't fight this level of disconnect.

#2 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-03-06 09:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Impeach him for lying to the Senate.

Just kidding. Republicans don't care about little things like lying under oath if he has an R after his name.

#3 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-03-06 12:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Maybe he can play the RE agent role with Dr. Ben as the decorator in the Love It or Leave It DC edition spinoff.

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-03-06 12:59 PM | Reply

The Shock Doctrine in action.

#5 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-03-06 06:50 PM | Reply

Russiapublicans don't care about the environment. Some white people in Ohio are mad because nobody listened to them, which is clearly more important. Suckas gonna suck.

#6 | Posted by chuffy at 2018-03-06 09:54 PM | Reply

Hey now. You all got your $1.50 cut.

What's yer problem?

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-03-06 10:01 PM | Reply

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