Ryan Zinke


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Zinke Circles the Drain, but the Stains of His Reign Remain at Department of the Interior

, Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Democracy

During his time as Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke gutted the agency he was charged with leading to advance oil, gas, and mining interests on our shared public lands. Read more >

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Gutting Protections in a Marine Sanctuary: Trump and Zinke Take Aim at Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument

The monument includes canyons as deep as the Grand Canyon and undersea mountains that rise 7,000 feet from the seafloor. Now it’s under attack by the Trump administration, which is seeking to weaken protections for the sanctuary’s wildlife. Read more >

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The Global Warming Emissions Report Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Didn’t Want You to See

, Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Democracy

Its title is innocuous, but the report is not. For the first time, federal scientists were asked to generate estimates of the role public lands play in global warming. Now we have our answer, and it’s shocking. Read more >

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Zinke Attends Pacific Islands Forum, Ignores Their Biggest Concern

, Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Democracy

This week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke heads the United States delegation to the Pacific Islands Forum Leader’s Session on the Island of Nauru on September 4, 2018, an annual gathering of dozens of Pacific Island leaders and partners. In the Interior Department press release, Zinke noted that the Pacific Islands are strategically important and he wants to discuss trade and the rule of law. He did not indicate any interest in discussing the impacts of climate change in the Pacific Islands region – dramatic impacts that his own agency described in a publication earlier this year. Read more >

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Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina. Photo: NPS

If You Can’t Censor It, Bury It: DOI Tries to Make a Stark New Study on Rising Seas Invisible

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

A new National Park Service (NPS) report is unequivocal that human-caused climate change has significantly increased the rate of sea level rise that is putting coastal sites at risk. But the study is difficult to find on the web and the report’s lead author, Maria Caffrey of the University of Colorado, says she had to fight to keep many scientific statements about climate change in the final version. Read more >

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