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Like several other members of Trump’s Cabinet, Zinke was the target of numerous ethics probes. He billed taxpayers for his use of private charter planes and government helicopters (instead of taking commercial flights) on at least three occasions ― a controversy Zinke characterized as “a little BS.” The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General concluded in April that he “generally followed relevant law, policy, rules, and regulations,” but that one trip ― a $12,375 chartered flight from Las Vegas to Montana aboard an oil company’s plane ― was approved by ethics officials “without complete information” and could have been avoided.
“Ryan Zinke will go down as the most anti-conservation Interior secretary in our nation’s history,” Jennifer Rokala, executive director of the Colorado-based conservation group Center for Western Priorities said in a statement.
Among Zinke’s most controversial actions was leading the largest reduction of protected national monuments in U.S. history. After a months long review that appeared to have been mostly for show, he recommended that Trump gut two protected Utah sites — Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalate national monuments — and shrink or otherwise weaken protections for eight other national monuments. He also came under fire after proposing to open nearly all U.S. waters to offshore drilling, only to turn around and almost immediately remove waters off the coast of Florida from the plan — which some saw as a political maneuver to boost the Senate campaign of Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R).
Zinke supported drilling in Alaska’s pristine and fragile Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, took aim at a collaborative conservation plan for the greater sage grouse, and proposed drastically hiking entrance fees at 17 of America’s most popular national parks ― even as the administration sought to slash the National Park Service’s budget by 13 percent.
originally posted by: angeldoll
originally posted by: OccamsRazor04
a reply to: angeldoll
You are kidding yourself if you think R greed is any different than D greed.
You have a point, but surely you see some are worse than others.
And another one bites the dust. It begs the question, who's next?