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Trump's Interior secretary: Shameless tool of oil and gas industries


December 12, 2017

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke loves to portray himself as a humble, outdoorsy man of the people, a loving steward of the purple mountain majesties and fruited plains so dear to the American people. In defending the Trump administration's recent choice to drastically shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah, Zinke claimed, "We listen to the voices of the people, not Washington, D.C., special interests."

In reality, the opposite is true. The way Zinke runs the Interior Department makes it clear that the only voices he deems worth hearing are those of oil and gas special interests — not the public that uses federal lands, not scientists, not environmentalists and not even his fellow Republicans who view their own homes as having some value beyond that of a giant oil field.


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