Monday, March 27, 2017

On Zinke and Roosevelt

Grist interviews historian and Theodore Roosevelt scholar David Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior. They ask the following questions:

One thing that Zinke and Roosevelt definitely have in common is their political party. But it sounds strange nowadays that a noted conservationist like Roosevelt was in the GOP.

When did the Republican approach to the environment begin to change?

You mention climate change. Zinke has waffled on the subject. Is it fair for Zinke to say he’s committed to Roosevelt’s legacy without acknowledging how climate change will harm the American landscape he loves?

Roosevelt’s treatment of Native Americans was deplorable. Given modern movements like Dakota Access, do you think Zinke’s identification with TR could mean trouble for Native Americans? 

Read Brinkley's answers here

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