Thursday, June 08, 2017

Zinke says Interior Department will continue climate research

 Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told lawmakers Thursday that his agency is doing research on climate change, but it will be focused in one division of the sprawling department instead of four or five. "So, on the climate issue … we saddled it in one division because I want to know from a division what's going on," Zinke told the House Appropriations Committee's panel on Interior and related agencies. He said all of Interior's climate research will be done at the U.S. Geological Survey. He said the change was done partly for budget reasons, but also because too many agencies were getting involved, which was making the effort confused and unfocused. Zinke noted that the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service, with numerous other Interior sub-agencies, all have been doing separate action on climate change and muddying the waters. "We need to be on the same page, so we can address what the conclusion is," Zinke said. "And I invite you to work with us on that." Zinke was responding to questions from the full committee's top Democrat, Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, on whether the agency will be continuing climate research given President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. "I have been pretty consistent on climate change," Zinke said. "I don't believe it's a hoax. I think man has had an influence and climate is changing."...more

 And why did the BLM, NPS, USFWS, USGS, FS, EPA, NOAA and others have their own climate change/global warming research? Because for years that was the hot ticket to a budget increase, and they all went after it.


Anonymous said...

"hot ticket to a budget increase"

-- which is the reason they buy, steal and swindle more land.

-- unlike with highway potholes, the tax payers have no way to see what work is or isn't done in remote, desolate areas.

-- ironically, part of the new CA gas tax is going to buy more land, "maintain" parks, and privide wildlife corridors.

-- $20,000,000 of tax goes to "climate change adaption planning"

-- SB 50 will give CA 'right of first refusal' to purchase, or arrange for another entity to purchase, any fed lands that come up for sale.

-- SB 49 will enforce the most stringent versions of Obama's WOTUS, CWA, ESA and the Clean Air Act in CA.

-- nature 'con'servancies have a 'bank' of 'protected' land that they use to bargain with potential developers in land swaps, thus the 'protected' land ends up getting developed anyway.

Frank DuBois said...

Always appreciate your comments.

Danne said...

Frank: Your comments are spot on...100% correct. Adopting "climate change" was a free meal ticket in the face of increasing dept. budget cuts. It was thrust and pushed with zeal within USDA FS.