The U.S. Senate is now considering Donald Trump's nominees for his cabinet. For Secretary of the Interior he has tapped freshman Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), who has an abysmal rating of three percent (out of a possible 100 percent) from the national League of Conservation Voters for his lifetime voting record on environmental issues!
If approved, Rep. Zinke would be in charge of a department that oversees management of more than 500 million acres of our federal public lands, including vast forest resources in the national parks, in the national wildlife refuge system, and on other agency lands.
Ryan Zinke is opposed to the mission of the very department he has been nominated to lead. Even as millions of trees in this country are dying from the direct and indirect effects of global warming Zinke has refused to acknowledge that climate change is caused by fossil fuel emissions and he has voted to scrap environmental safeguards related to logging on the national forests.
Vast landscapes clearcut in Montana
Zinke's cynically named "Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015," was one of several schemes he promoted to turn management of U.S. public lands over to industry-dominated panels, which among other things would certainly have pushed logging up to unsustainable levels.
He has repeatedly attacked the Endangered Species Act and sought to weaken its protections for wildlife.
America's interior secretary must be a strong defender of our nation's wilderness areas, parks, forests, refuges and grasslands. Clearly Rep. Ryan Zinke is the wrong person for this job!