Ryan Zinke and the Interior Dept in the Trump Era

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Trump’s Interior Secretary has faced 14 federal investigations into his alleged ethics abuses. That’s almost a record.

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Someone needs to tell dotus that Zinke is getting more front space newspaper reviews than him ;)

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Why isn't he gone? Do we need to get him more press?

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Image“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.”
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:popcorn:

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There is no scientific basis to Zinke's declaration that climate change accounts for none of the ferocity of this season's wildfires. This is a purely political statement.
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke held nearly 50 official meetings in May and June that, in sharp contrast to previous months, were so vaguely described on his official calendar that the public is unable tell what he was doing or with whom he was meeting.

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Let's not let this person fall off the radar.

Zinke to birds: Drop dead

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opin ... story.html
Under the Trump administration’s new policy, companies that engage in activities that are likely to kill even large numbers of birds can rest easy. Under this novel interpretation, the law applies only to “affirmative and purposeful actions, such as hunting and poaching,” that kill or capture birds.

Under the new reading, promulgated under Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, a corporation could blithely employ practices that kill migratory birds by the million — as long as the deaths were a consequence of recklessness, carelessness or callous indifference. It’s a bit like saying drivers should be excused from running over any pedestrians they didn’t set out to run over.

An example offered by the department makes this clear. If you level a barn in the full knowledge that it’s home to numerous owl nests, the pile of dead owls won’t get you in trouble. Says Interior, “All that is relevant is that the landowner undertook an action that did not have the killing of barn owls as its purpose” (my emphasis).
The Trump administration has officially clipped the wings of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/ene ... ac72258ecf
The MBTA will no longer apply even after a catastrophic event such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that destroyed or injured up to a million birds. After an oil spill, Interior would pursue penalties under the Natural Resources Damage Assessment program that is not specific to birds. In the past, “the department has pursued MBTA claims against companies responsible for oil spills that incidentally killed or injured migratory birds. That avenue is no longer available.”

The act “has been the tool the Fish and Wildlife Service has used to work with industry to implement basic management practices,” said Sarah Greenberger, vice president of conservation for the Audubon Society, an advocacy group that studies and protects birds. “The reason the industry covers the tar pits is the Fish and Wildlife Service’s use of the MBTA as a tool to get them to the table. Why would you spend money to implement those, why would your shareholders even allow it, if there’s no reason?”

Seventeen former Interior officials, including U.S. Fish and Wildlife directors under presidents Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, repudiated the reinterpretation when it was first announced in December.

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pipistrelle wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:29 pm
Let's not let this person fall off the radar.

Zinke to birds: Drop dead

:snippity:
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/16/703
(a) In general

Unless and except as permitted by regulations made as hereinafter provided in this subchapter, it shall be unlawful at any time, by any means or in any manner, to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, attempt to take, capture, or kill, possess, offer for sale, sell, offer to barter, barter, offer to purchase, purchase, deliver for shipment, ship, export, import, cause to be shipped, exported, or imported, deliver for transportation, transport or cause to be transported, carry or cause to be carried, or receive for shipment, transportation, carriage, or export, any migratory bird, any part, nest, or egg of any such bird, or any product, whether or not manufactured, which consists, or is composed in whole or part, of any such bird or any part, nest, or egg thereof, included in the terms of the conventions between the United States and Great Britain for the protection of migratory birds concluded August 16, 1916 (39 Stat. 1702), the United States and the United Mexican States for the protection of migratory birds and game mammals concluded February 7, 1936, the United States and the Government of Japan for the protection of migratory birds and birds in danger of extinction, and their environment concluded March 4, 1972, and the convention between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics for the conservation of migratory birds and their environments concluded November 19, 1976.

If you look at the notes to this law, you'll see that Congress has passed different statutes to allow specific incidental takings, like to tear down dangerous bridges or for the military. Why would they do that if the law didn't apply to incidental takings? They wouldn't.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/16/703

Courts to Zinke: Drop dead

edit: should have googled first.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/ ... ad83372526
Eight states are fighting Trump’s attempt to declaw the Migratory Bird Treaty

Eight state attorneys general filed a legal challenge Wednesday to the Trump administration's bid to dramatically weaken the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a century-old law established to protect birds.

The lawsuit, led by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, and supported by Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon, California and New Mexico, is an effort to stop the Interior Department from fully implementing a directive to its law enforcement division to forgive mass bird kills, even when the animals are threatened or endangered.

In accordance with a new interpretation of the act issued in April, the department informed its wildlife police that the slaughter “of birds resulting from an activity is not prohibited . . . when the underlying purpose of that activity is not to take birds.” For example, the guidance said, a person who destroys a structure such as a barn knowing that it is full of baby owls in nests is not liable for killing them. “All that is relevant is that the landowner undertook an action that did not have the killing of barn owls as its purpose,” the opinion said.

An even broader interpretation by the administration held that the act would no longer apply even in a catastrophe such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that injured and killed up to a million birds. Interior would pursue penalties under the Natural Resources Damage Assessment program, which is not specific to birds, and ignore penalties that could be levied under the act.

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Dan1100 wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:51 pm

Courts to Zinke: Drop dead
I'd pay to read that article.

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pipistrelle wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:00 pm
Dan1100 wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:51 pm

Courts to Zinke: Drop dead
I'd pay to read that article.
:thumbs:

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Democrats say they will investigate Ryan Zinke if they flip the House.

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https://yubanet.com/enviro/one-fifth-of ... missioned/

National Wildlife Refuge LEOs being cut. Should make the Bundys thrilled. Will they go back to torment Malheur?

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pipistrelle wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:15 pm
https://yubanet.com/enviro/one-fifth-of ... missioned/

National Wildlife Refuge LEOs being cut. Should make the Bundys thrilled. Will they go back to torment Malheur?
:brickwallsmall: :brickwallsmall: :brickwallsmall:

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https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/13/politics ... index.html
Ryan Zinke's very first meeting as interior secretary was never put on his official calendar.

It was a meeting scheduled to last five minutes with Chris Cox, the executive director of the National Rifle Association's lobbying arm, on the sidelines of an event with other sportsmen.
Then on his second day in office, Zinke was scheduled to meet with Karl Simich, an apparent reference to the managing director of Sandfire Resources, an Australian mining company that had been trying to develop a copper mine in Central Montana for at least six years. It also wasn't listed on his calendar.

The meetings are coming to light now only because of internal memos and other notes, released through a Freedom of Information Act request, that reveal these meetings and others that were not noted on his calendar, glaring omissions from what is supposed to be a complete record of the secretary's activities.

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The first steps to his last step as agency head?

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RTH10260 wrote:
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The first steps to his last step as agency head?
:pray: I hope so.

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No link yet, but Maddow dicusses Zinke on tonight's episode.


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Maddow talks about Zinke on last night's opening.

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Developing story: Inspector General of the Interior Dept has referred a probe into Secretary Ryan Zinke’s conduct to the U.S. Justice Department
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Kendra wrote:
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Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:46 pm
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Hmmmm. The Justice Department loaded with Trump appointees?

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/national ... 91554fc359
The White House is growing increasingly concerned about allegations of misconduct against Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, according to two senior administration officials, and President Trump has asked aides for more information about a Montana land deal under scrutiny by the Justice Department.

Trump told his aides that he is afraid Zinke has broken rules while serving as the interior secretary and is concerned about the Justice Department referral, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter. But the president has not indicated whether he will fire the former Navy SEAL and congressman and has asked for more information, the officials said.

This week, Interior’s Office of Inspector General referred the inquiry — one of several probes into the secretary’s conduct — to the Justice Department to determine whether a criminal investigation is warranted. That referral concerns Zinke’s involvement in a Whitefish, Mont., land development deal backed by David J. Lesar, chairman of the oil services firm Halliburton.

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https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ry ... a190bb4?eu
Ryan Zinke, the embattled secretary of the Interior Department, suggested in a confused comparison that Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general who fought to preserve slavery, was as much an American hero as civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. during a speech on Saturday, drawing renewed scrutiny of Zinke’s record on racial issues.

The secretary was speaking at a ceremony designating Camp Nelson, a Union recruitment and training depot in Kentucky for black soldiers during the Civil War, as a national monument. He compared the placement of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to that of Arlington National Cemetery, the military burial ground located on Lee’s former plantation, and that of the Lincoln Memorial.

“I like to think that Lincoln doesn’t have his back to General Lee. He’s in front of him. There’s a difference. Similar to Martin Luther King doesn’t have his back to Lincoln. He’s in front of Lincoln as we march together to form a more perfect union,” Zinke said at the start of a 25-minute speech. “That’s a great story, and so is Camp Nelson.”
:snippity: The Interior Department’s reassignment of career employees has also seemed to target Native Americans. A full third of the 33 senior career staffers transferred to new jobs since Zinke became secretary were Native American, despite that group comprising less than 10 percent of the agency’s workforce, according to a Talking Points Memo analysis published in April. Several others on the list were black or Latino. The previous month, CNN reported that Zinke was telling staffers that “diversity isn’t important” or “I don’t care about diversity.” :snippity:

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