While many things about Ryan Zinke have become clearer since he assumed the position of Secretary of the Interior, nothing has become quite so evident as the fact that he is a wholly owned subsidiary of the extraction industry.
In fact, he’s become a model for future purchase of political candidates.
Schwab: Trump disputing words, facts and a special prosecutor | HeraldNet.com–Attendees at a meeting confirmed researchers at the Centers for Disease Control were told not to use those words. Days later, CDC’s head issued a non-denial denial, claiming reports “mischaracterized” what was said. Either way, it’s hardly Trump’s first attack on knowledge.The Environmental Protection Agency website scrubbed references to climate change and links to resources for understanding it. Ryan Zinke just upbraided a national park superintendent for using the phrase. On Monday, though the Pentagon disagrees, Trump removed global warming from the list of security threats to our nation. Leadership! Problem solved.HeraldNet.com
The Daughter Of An Ex-Coal Executive Helped Lead Trump’s National Monuments Review–This month, on the recommendation of his Interior secretary, President Donald Trump gutted a pair of protected national monuments in Utah, including coal-rich Grand Staircase-Escalante. The decision followed the controversial review of more than two dozen national monuments ? a process that public records reveal to have been overseen by the daughter of Frederick Palmer, the former executive of coal giant Peabody Energy and a current senior fellow at the conservative Heartland Institute.HuffPost
Secretary Zinke: Time to Withdraw Proposal to Raise Fees in Parks–Americans oppose Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s plan to raise entrance fees in our most iconic and awe-inspiring national parks. According to a new bipartisan poll released by the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, an overwhelming majority of Americans believe our parks should remain open and available to those who want to visit them. Americans, across political parties, believe our parks should be funded federally and not through an entrance fee increase, which new evidence shows will likely have a dramatic impact on visitation.HuffPost
Former Zinke PAC blames software for $200,000 accounting discrepancy–Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's former PAC blamed a technical glitch for a nearly $200,000 discrepancy in its campaign finance reports and said it is working to fix problems identified by the FEC.SEAL PAC told the FEC on Friday that faulty software led it to report having more cash on hand at the beginning of 2017 than at the beginning of last year. Zinke launched the leadership PAC when he was elected to the House as a Republican from Montana and stepped away from the group after joining President Donald Trump's Cabinet in March.POLITICO
Restraint The Key To Keeping Wilderness Wild–The pushback by some parts of the commercial fishing industry has been relentless. And the administration of President Donald Trump is likely to oblige. The Washington Post reported in September that a memo from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended opening the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument to commercial fishing. Claims that the “Monument” designation will harm commercial fishing are vastly overblown and contradict data collected by NOAA that show very little fishing actually takes place there.Battles over wilderness and protected areas—including those just off our shores—go to the heart of who we are and what we are willing to hold sacred. We need places that, in the words of National Park Service biologist Lowell Sumner—who wrote about the Arctic Refuge at its founding—have the “freedom to continue, unhindered and forever if we are willing, the particular story of Planet Earth.”CapeNews.net
LETTER: The business of profiteering–In other news, I would like to say Ha! to the naysayers about the Keystone XL pipeline not providing lasting, local jobs. I manage a side-business in cleaning up oil spills (or litigation mitigation in industry parlance huh, huh) and let me tell you brother, business is a booming. If this thing actually does make it all the way down to the Gulf Coast, I may just give up on lead paint thing all together. Especially if Ryan Zinke lets us mine, drill and log the national monuments. Boo Yah!www.mitchellrepublic.com
Washington Public Lands Commissioner Objects to Proposed National Park Fee Increase–In a letter sent Friday morning, Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz has objected to a proposal to increase entrance fees at national parks from U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The proposal would affect entrance fees at Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks, which draw more than 5 million visitors annually, according to a news release from Franz’s office.The Chronicle
Trump officials limit government scientists allowed to attend conference: report–Marcia McNutt, who served as USGS director during former President Obama's first term in office, told the Post that the Trump administration's decision to restrict the number of researchers at the conference hindered the scientists' ability to "be on the cutting edge" of research in their field.“If you aren’t there, if you have to wait until all that gets published, you are in the backwoods of science," she said. "And all of those people who didn’t get to go are basically sitting there in the backwoods in the dark.”TheHill
Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.