Ryan Zinke on Energy & Oil



Increased coal production with environmental safeguards

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test , Nov 1, 2008

Alternatives only if competitive prices without subsidies

Montana is the Treasure State and part of that treasure is the oil, gas and coal we have. The priority is to achieve North American energy independence in a manner that develops our natural resources responsibly by using accepted industry best practices and leveraging emerging technology.

Coal, oil, and gas are critical components of reaching energy independence and must be accelerated through increased domestic production and constructing the infrastructure necessary to produce, refine, and transport energy. Renewable and alternative sources of energy, including hydro and biofuels, are also an important component of energy independence provided that they are cost effective and able to compete on the open market without subsidies.

Economic sustainability and job creation are critical to the continuation of energy independence in our country. A primary component of energy independence and economic development is building the Keystone XL pipeline.

Source: 2014 Montana House campaign website, RyanZinke.com , Nov 4, 2014

Climate is changing; Man is an influence but what can we do?

Asked by Bernie Sanders whether he thought climate change was a hoax, Zinke said, "Climate is changing. Man is an influence. I think where there's debate on it is what that influence is and what can we do about. As the [head of] the Department of the Interior, I will inherit, if confirmed, the US Geological Survey. We have great scientists there. I'm not a climate science expert, but I can tell you I'm going to become a lot more familiar with it. And it will be based on objective science."
Source: Ballotpedia.org: 2017 Trump transition confirmation hearings , Jan 18, 2017

Public lands opened for private company energy development

As the director of the National Park Service, at NPS we were hopeful [about] Ryan Zinke [when he was first appointed as Secretary of Interior], but we were soon disappointed, then appalled, as his doors were soon darkened by oil executives and climate deniers. Under Zinke, policies that planned for climate change's impacts on national parks were rescinded, and leasing of public lands for development was accelerated (despite a glut of oil). Millions of acres that were available for outdoor recreation will now be held by private companies for fossil fuel development. Many distinguished career public servants will be gone and many mid-level employees will be reconsidering their career choices. Regulations that protect our air, water and wildlife will be weakened and need rebuilding. And our options for addressing climate change will have been narrowed.
Source: NPS Director in The Guardian on 2018 Trump Cabinet , Dec 16, 2018

Increase coal, oil & gas mining access at National Monuments

In April 2017, Zinke began reviewing at least 27 national monuments to determine if any of the monuments could be reduced in size. These changes were welcomed by Republicans but condemned by Democrats and environmentalist groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club.

After The New York Times took Zinke's Interior Department to court, it won and got 25,000 documents, of which 4,500 pages were related to Zinke's multi-monument review, and which showed the administration set out to increase coal, oil and gas mining access. The documents also showed that the Zinke administration's new map pretty much matched that previously promoted by longtime Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, whose plan claimed it "would resolve all known mineral conflicts for SITLA [Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration] within the Bears Ears. The real [beneficiaries] are Utah schoolchildren and the people of San Juan County," a claim disputed as hypocritical by the Utah Din‚ Bik‚yah tribe.

Source: Wikipedia.com for Trump Cabinet biographies , Dec 31, 2018

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