Zinke quits - not without a lasting blow to nature

Dec 18, 2018, 7:23 AM EST
America's outgoing Interior Minister Ryan Zinke diluted environmental protections & championed coal-friendly policies.
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Much to the cheers of “aggrieved conservationists,” U.S. Interior Minister Ryan Zinke is set to leave the office, but the environmental ramifications of his aggressive pro-industry agenda might come back to haunt America.

Zinke’s ouster, triggered by his shady business deals while in the office and mixing of public and personal business, cannot overshadow his indifference and hostility towards the environment. Rep. Don Beyer minced no words, as he bid farewell to Zinke on Twitter, lashing out at the departing official’s policies that exploited public lands, loosened wildlife protection rules and ridiculed scientists fraternity, notes The Hill.

Zinke showed great exuberance in delivering on the administration’s pledge of coal-friendly policies. He advocated U.S. drilling and mining, calling it more environment-friendly than foreign operations and stripped thousands of acres of land in Utah of its protected status, writes Scientific American.


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