The “huge” changes Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is making to the Department of the Interior are far-reaching and likely to cause irreparable damage.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke must not have read the job description for the agency he heads before he took the job. Instead of managing and conserving federal land, natural resources, and protecting wildlife, he’s handing the taxpayer’s land over to the oil industry to tear it up as they please.
In a recent speech to the National Petroleum Council, Zinke made the Endangered Species Act sound like a useless annoyance that was being abused by environmental groups and complained that there was no “off-ramp” to kick species off the protected list. He also slammed 30 percent of the department’s employees for not being ‘business friendly’ enough and ‘disloyal’ to Trump.
Zinke claims the ‘problem’ is that “workers in Washington are reluctant to relax regulations to permit increased mining for coal and drilling for natural gas and oil on public land,” the Washington Post reported.
Regulations that limited fracking on public lands were created to protect the clean drinking water supply and prevent pollution. But neither Trump nor Zinke thinks that matters if it means oil companies will be inconvenienced or ‘burdened’ by such regulations. So they have to go.
Zinke went to far as to say that “Fracking is proof that God’s got a good sense of humor and he loves us.”
To some, that statement makes as much sense as Zinke’s plan to roll back wildlife protections and environmental and regulations as fast as he can, let logging companies destroy our ancient forests, and literally move the agency’s decision-making process to “undetermined Western states.”
The “huge” changes Zinke is making to the personnel, structure of the Interior department, and unprecedented rollback of regulations that protect America the Beautiful are far-reaching – and quite likely to cause irreparable damage. Once water is polluted, it’s polluted. And once an endangered species becomes extinct, nothing can bring it back.
But none of that matters to Trump, Zinke, or the oil and logging companies. It’s pretty clear by their actions – all that matters to them is their money.
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