Ryan Zinke and the Interior Dept in the Trump Era

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Post by RVInit » Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:55 am

Since when did ethics concern this department under the current maladministration?


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RVInit wrote:
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Since when did ethics concern this department under the current maladministration?
Never.



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Post by pipistrelle » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:07 pm

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/pow ... yan-zinke/
So environmental groups are trying to make the point that, like Pruitt, Zinke has face numerous inquiries from independent investigators within his department.

A day after the Pruitt resignation news, for example, public-lands group Western Values Project released a “side-by-side” comparison of the two Cabinet members’ “competing scandals.” They involve expensive flights and other examples of what the group calls “lavish spending" with public money.

One of the bigger trouble spots for Zinke may prove to be the inspector general's investigation into his involvement in a Montana land deal backed by the chairman of the oil services firm Halliburton.



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Post by Kendra » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:46 pm


The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has opened a case file on whether Ryan Zinke violated the Hatch Act when he tweeted a photo of himself wearing socks featuring the "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.



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Post by pipistrelle » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:53 pm

But he didn’t know and he’s sorry.



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Post by Whatever4 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:48 pm

pipistrelle wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:53 pm
But he didn’t know and he’s sorry.
Very sorry. :violin:


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Post by Kendra » Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:34 pm


The Interior Department’s internal watchdog has launched a full investigation into a real estate deal involving a foundation established by Ryan Zinke and developers including Halliburton Chairman David Lesar, Politico reports.
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Attn: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has been leaving details about some meetings off his official calendar. A comparison has been completed of Zinke’s public calendar with emails between the Interior chief and his scheduler. The comparison has shown that over a dozen times the calendar does not include or obscures details about his meetings. In one discrepancy, it was found that the calendar listed a meeting with a lawmaker but did not include that executives from a contractor that works with the Interior would also be attending. Another instance was found where Zinke met with an Alaskan mayor, but that the calendar failed to disclose that lobbyists from a firm representing the mayor’s borough in a lawsuit against the department were also at the meeting. It is time for America’s public servants to stop lying and hiding the truth from the American people. Americans have a right to a transparent government!



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Post by Kendra » Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:33 pm

"Thousands of emails sent between Interior Department officials last year dismissed the benefits of establishing National Monuments, the Washington Post first reported Monday, including evidence of an uptick in tourism and archaeological discoveries.

Under Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the agency intentionally tailored a survey of protected sites, emphasizing instead the value of fossil fuel extraction and other industry endeavors.

The Interior Department released the documents last week in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, sending them to journalists and advocacy groups on July 16. The agency removed the communications a day later, saying they had been posted in error ...".



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Post by Kendra » Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:57 pm

http://thehill.com/opinion/energy-envir ... view-was-a
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke just got caught red-handed. Now there’s proof that his review of national monuments was a sham.

New records show Zinke and the Trump administration concealed documents from the public that emphasized the value of protecting Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments. Trump then slashed more than 2 million acres from them.

First reported by the Washington Post, the documents show Zinke’s top staff spent months weaving a fake narrative that touted the benefits of logging, grazing, drilling and mining on protected public lands, from Cascade-Siskiyou in Oregon to Katahdin Woods and Waters in Maine, while ignoring the benefits of national monuments.



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Post by Chilidog » Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:59 pm

Accidentally, my ass.



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The Interior Department’s inspector general will be asking if Zinke colluded to have the chairman of Halliburton, one of the leading companies with business before the department, build him the microbrewery he's long wanted.



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Post by Kendra » Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:38 pm

https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/20 ... s-say-new/
Washington • Some Democratic senators are demanding Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke explain how a Canadian company has snatched up a dozen mining claims inside the former boundaries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Such actions aren’t permitted, they argue, because President Donald Trump didn’t have the authority to shrink the monument in the first place — an assertion at the heart of an ongoing court battle.

“New mining within the boundaries of a national monument is illegal,” the senators, including Tom Udall and 22 fellow Democrats, wrote in a letter to Zinke this week, “and we believe these claims are as invalid as the president’s proclamation which is the subject of litigation.”



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Post by Dan1100 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:22 pm

The environmental harm of genetically modified crops isn't so much that they are genetically modified, but that they are genetically modified to be "Roundup Ready." Instead of plowing and discing to control weeds, they spray roundup. That does mean less erosion and the rivers are a little clearer, but it means roundup kills everything. No more milkweed in the ditches (sorry butterflies), no places for quail to hide along the fences (sorry quail) etc.


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Post by Lani » Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:22 am

There are 2 roundup ready crop seeds that I'm aware of. Genetically altered plants are far more varied than that. Some are protected from crop destroying viruses. Improved drought and heat resistance, essential in the face of climate change. Food waste reduced by slowing browning or "rusting". People don't want brown areas on their apples. Same with potatoes. Extra bonus - modified potatoes don't produce acrylamide when fried.

Some modified plants like BT corn and cotton reduce pesticide use. Organic farmers spray BT, killing a variety of insects, while the BT corn, for example, only kills its actual predator.


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Post by vic » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:48 am

Lani wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:22 am
There are 2 roundup ready crop seeds that I'm aware of. Genetically altered plants are far more varied than that. Some are protected from crop destroying viruses. Improved drought and heat resistance, essential in the face of climate change. Food waste reduced by slowing browning or "rusting". People don't want brown areas on their apples. Same with potatoes. Extra bonus - modified potatoes don't produce acrylamide when fried.

Some modified plants like BT corn and cotton reduce pesticide use. Organic farmers spray BT, killing a variety of insects, while the BT corn, for example, only kills its actual predator.
Another important plant, but controversial because it is a GMO, is Golden Rice, which produces beta-carotene in the rice, and was created for use in areas where Vitamin A deficiency is prevalent.



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Attn: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is seizing on California’s wildfires to promote a policy long-supported by Republicans — that fires could be stopped if forests were logged. The former Montana congressman is poised to push the benefits of what’s known as forest management at an event with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in California on Monday next to the state's largest forest fire in history. Yet it's not the blaze that makes the trip important for Zinke and Perdue.



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Post by Kendra » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:23 pm

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-enviro ... ate-change
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said climate change had "nothing to do" with California's wildfires, as he visited neighborhoods hard hit by the massive Carr Fire over the weekend.

“I’ve heard the climate change argument back and forth. This has nothing to do with climate change. This has to do with active forest management," Zinke told Sacramento station KCRA.

It's a tone the Interior secretary struck throughout his visit to Redwood, Calif., where, alongside Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, he met with local officials and fire crews battling the wildfire.

Zinke echoed President Trump in his assertion that active forest management — including logging — is the key to stopping the forest fires.

"It doesn’t matter whether you believe or don’t believe in climate change. What is important is we manage our forests," Zinke told reporters while visiting the Whisteytown National Recreation Area on Sunday. “This is not a debate about climate change. There’s no doubt the [fire] season is getting longer, the temperatures are getting hotter.”

The Interior secretary blamed environmentalists for having their own agenda in keeping officials from logging — a method he said would remove much of the fuel for fires.
Hasn't all that fuel for the fires been around, gosh knows how many years and never burned like it's burned the last couple of years? Graze it down and then there's nothing to stop the mudslides and gosh knows what else.

There's a spot on Hwy 101 in Washington where the road goes into the Olympic NP boundaries for a small bit and it's a beam-me-up-Scotty moment when one goes from second growth already been harvested forest to protected and still the original growth forest and out again. You can't take it back once it's been cut down...



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Post by pipistrelle » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:18 pm

Pine Creek Gorge clearcut and dead, and now old growth. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_Creek_Gorge
The old-growth forests were clearcut by the early 20th century and the gorge was stripped bare. Nothing was left except the dried-out tree tops, which became a fire hazard, so much of the land burned and was left barren.[11] On May 6, 1903, the Wellsboro newspaper had the headline "Wild Lands Aflame" and reported landslides through the gorge. The soil was depleted of nutrients, fires baked the ground hard, and jungles of blueberries, blackberries, and mountain laurel covered the clearcut land, which became known as the "Pennsylvania Desert". Disastrous floods swept the area periodically and much of the wildlife was wiped out.[13]



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pipistrelle wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:18 pm
Pine Creek Gorge clearcut and dead, and now old growth. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_Creek_Gorge
The old-growth forests were clearcut by the early 20th century and the gorge was stripped bare. Nothing was left except the dried-out tree tops, which became a fire hazard, so much of the land burned and was left barren.[11] On May 6, 1903, the Wellsboro newspaper had the headline "Wild Lands Aflame" and reported landslides through the gorge. The soil was depleted of nutrients, fires baked the ground hard, and jungles of blueberries, blackberries, and mountain laurel covered the clearcut land, which became known as the "Pennsylvania Desert". Disastrous floods swept the area periodically and much of the wildlife was wiped out.[13]
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Dan1100 wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:35 pm
pipistrelle wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:18 pm
Pine Creek Gorge clearcut and dead, and now old growth. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_Creek_Gorge
The old-growth forests were clearcut by the early 20th century and the gorge was stripped bare. Nothing was left except the dried-out tree tops, which became a fire hazard, so much of the land burned and was left barren.[11] On May 6, 1903, the Wellsboro newspaper had the headline "Wild Lands Aflame" and reported landslides through the gorge. The soil was depleted of nutrients, fires baked the ground hard, and jungles of blueberries, blackberries, and mountain laurel covered the clearcut land, which became known as the "Pennsylvania Desert". Disastrous floods swept the area periodically and much of the wildlife was wiped out.[13]
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Post by Kendra » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:28 am

When I read a book about how dense the forests were when the first explorers arrived I just :crying:



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Post by RTH10260 » Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:30 pm

US interior secretary's school friend blocking climate research, scientists say
Trump administration forces some scientific funding to be reviewed by adviser who was high-school football teammate of Ryan Zinke

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Prominent US climate scientists have told the Guardian that the Trump administration is holding up research funding as their projects undergo an unprecedented political review by the high-school football teammate of the US interior secretary.

The US interior department administers over $5.5bn in funding to external organizations, mostly for research, conservation and land acquisition. At the beginning of 2018, interior secretary Ryan Zinke instated a new requirement that scientific funding above $50,000 must undergo an additional review to ensure expenditures “better align with the administration’s priorities”.

Zinke has signaled that climate change is not one of those priorities: this week, he told Breitbart News that “environmental terrorist groups” were responsible for the ongoing wildfires in northern California and, ignoring scientific research on the issue, dismissed the role of climate change.

Steve Howke, one of Zinke’s high-school football teammates, oversees this review. Howke’s highest degree is a bachelor’s in business administration. Until Zinke appointed him as an interior department senior adviser to the acting assistant secretary of policy, management and budget, Howke had spent his entire career working in credit unions.


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Post by Kendra » Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:43 pm

Zinke has signaled that climate change is not one of those priorities: this week, he told Breitbart News that “environmental terrorist groups” were responsible for the ongoing wildfires in northern California and, ignoring scientific research on the issue, dismissed the role of climate change.
Let me guess, he didn't provide a source for that statement, did he? :madguy:



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