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Ryan Zinke Unsurprising Choice as Interior Secretary

Statement by Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch

WASHINGTON - “We’re not surprised that Trump has picked Rep. Ryan Zinke for interior secretary. Zinke has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from the oil and gas industry, appears to be a climate skeptic, and has voted over and over against protecting our public lands from the fossil fuel industry.

“Zinke opposed the U.S. BLM’s proposed rule to regulate drilling and fracking operations on federal and American Indian lands. He voted in favor of lifting the 40 year ban on crude oil exports, helping to lock in fossil fuel dependency. He also co-sponsored the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act, a bill to speed up approval for pipelines by establishing mandatory deadlines for federal agencies to review natural gas infrastructure projects.

“Zinke praised the EPA when it wrongfully reported in a draft study that fracking does not pose widespread threats to groundwater. That study has since been finalized, acknowledging that fracking can, and does, contaminate drinking water.

“We need an interior secretary that would prioritize our climate and protect our public lands for future generations—not prioritize oil and gas development. We urge our senators to oppose this appointment.”


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