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Zinke’s New Outdoor Recreation Panel Dominated by Industry Execs

Zinke’s New Outdoor Recreation Panel Dominated by Industry Execs

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has assembled a new outdoor recreation advisory panel dominated by top executives from the industry. The 15-member “Made in America” Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee will advise Sec. Zinke on issues surrounding public lands. They include officials that represent fishing, shooting sports, motorized vehicles and hospitality as well as national park concessionaires. […]

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    Drilling and Mining Interests Pushed to Shrink Utah National Monuments, Documents Reveal

    Drilling and Mining Interests Pushed to Shrink Utah National Monuments, Documents Reveal

    Even though Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke insisted “this is not about energy,” environmentalists and public lands advocates have long suspected the Trump administration’s cuts to national monuments were driven by its push for more drilling, mining and other development. Now, internal Interior Department documents obtained by the New York Times show that gaining access to […]

    Scott Pruitt Voted Worst Trump Minion, Ryan Zinke Runner-Up

    Scott Pruitt Voted Worst Trump Minion, Ryan Zinke Runner-Up

    Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was voted the worst member of the Trump administration, according to the latest, albeit unscientific, poll from New York Times op-ed columnist Gail Collins. Last month, the liberal/progressive journalist and winner of this year’s George Polk Award for commentary, asked readers to “select the […]

    Ryan Zinke Wins 2017 Rubber Dodo Award

    Ryan Zinke Wins 2017 Rubber Dodo Award

    Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke is the winner of the Center for Biological Diversity’s 2017 Rubber Dodo award. The statue is awarded each year to the person or group who has most aggressively sought to destroy America’s natural heritage or drive endangered species extinct. “Ryan Zinke seems to wake up every day wondering how he can […]

    Court Orders Trump Administration to Enforce Obama-Era Methane Rule

    Court Orders Trump Administration to Enforce Obama-Era Methane Rule

    A federal judge reinstated a widely supported methane waste rule that President Trump’s administration has repeatedly tried to stop. Judge William Orrick of the U.S. District Court for Northern California ruled Thursday that Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) decision to suspend core provisions of the 2016 Methane and Waste Prevention Rule was “untethered to evidence.” […]

    Coastal Recreation and Tourism Businesses Fight Offshore Oil Drilling Proposal

    Coastal Recreation and Tourism Businesses Fight Offshore Oil Drilling Proposal

    The Surfrider Foundation and leaders of the coastal recreation and tourism industry on Thursday presented Department of Interior representatives with a surfboard and letters signed by more than 1,000 coastal businesses and elected officials in opposition to new offshore oil drilling in U.S. waters. From Florida to Maine and California to Washington State, businesses including […]

    Trump’s Infrastructure Plan ‘Steamrolls’ Environmental Safeguards

    Trump’s Infrastructure Plan ‘Steamrolls’ Environmental Safeguards

    President Donald Trump boasted “a big week for infrastructure” Monday as the White House announced its long-awaited $1.5 trillion plan to improve the nation’s roads, buildings and power supplies. Infrastructure is usually a bipartisan, consensus issue, but environmental groups criticized the White House’s initiative, as it involves a drastic rollback of federal environmental review to […]

    Zinke Moves to Build Road Through Alaska Wilderness Area

    Zinke Moves to Build Road Through Alaska Wilderness Area

    By Sam Schipani While the world was distracted by the government shutdown last Monday, Jan. 22, Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke signed a land-swap agreement with the King Cove Native Corporation to trade 500 acres of federal land in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, on the southern tip of the Alaska Peninsula, for tribal land of […]

    Despite Trump’s Remark, There Is No War on Coal and It’s Definitely Not Clean

    Despite Trump’s Remark, There Is No War on Coal and It’s Definitely Not Clean

    President Donald Trump‘s line, “We have ended the war on beautiful, clean coal” drew some of the biggest claps and cheers from Republican lawmakers at last night’s State of the Union address. Energy Sec. Rick Perry, who wants to bail out uncompetitive coal plants, quickly bopped up with a standing ovation. Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke, […]