Ryan Zinke’s Worst Interior Secretary Ever: now heads “Department of Coal, Oil, and Welfare Cattle Grazing.”
Ryan Zinke’s Worst Interior Secretary Ever: now heads “Department of Coal, Oil, and Welfare Cattle Grazing.” When Ryan Zinke was first nominated as Secretary of Interior, I like many others interested in wildlife conservation, thought that he was the “least bad” nominee that could be hoped for by a president like Trump. During his stint as Republican congressional representative, he had at least voice opposition to the takeover of Federal public lands by states and private entities while most of his fellow Western representatives demanded such transfers. However, his actions since he has taken over Interior totally reverse my assessment of him. He is the biggest Trumpian enthusiast by far in the Cabinet. He has rejected the Sage Grouse compromise that took years of negotiation between states and the Federal government because it hinders extractive industries. He claimed to be a Teddy Roosevelt Republicans but he is seriously considering cutting back national monuments—these monuments are the device Teddy R. used to achieve monumental conservation achievements. He just opened the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge to “emergency grazing” to accommodate ranchers whose herds suffered from a wildlife. Anyone who has followed public ranching in the West know that not only are these ranches an example of government welfare for a small number of unproductive ranchers but they are actively harmful to wildlife. Finally, he has just supported Trump’s position on confederate statutes. I am not aware of any other cabinet official who has shown such enthusiasm for Trump’s harmful policies. He is the worst--he even makes James Watts appear "less bad!" .
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