Tuesday, February 07, 2017

170 Conservation Groups Urge Senate to Reject Zinke for Interior Secretary

One hundred seventy conservation groups today urged the U.S. Senate to reject Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) as the next interior secretary. Senators will vote in the coming weeks on whether to place Zinke in charge of the nation’s more than 1,500 endangered species, as well as more than 500 million acres of public lands and minerals leasing for oil, gas and coal across the country and in our oceans. Today’s letter notes that Zinke earned just a 3 percent rating from the League of Conservation Voters during his two years in Congress. At his Jan. 17 nomination hearing, he offered no indication that he would manage the Department of the Interior differently from what his congressional voting record indicates: that he consistently put special interests ahead of the nation’s wildlife, natural heritage and climate. “Zinke’s voting record qualifies him to be an exterminator, not the chief protector of America’s endangered animals and beautiful public lands,” said KierĂ¡n Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, one group that signed the letter. “Anyone who cares about public lands, protecting wildlife and halting the climate crisis should understand that Zinke — and Trump’s corrupt brand of politics — will take us in exactly the wrong direction.”...press release

1 comment:

J.R. Absher said...

Center for Biological Diversity a "conservation group?" That's a good one! Only if you preface it with "litigious."