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Nine Questions for Ryan Zinke, Donald Trump’s Pick to Lead the Interior Department


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Nine Questions for Ryan Zinke, Donald Trump’s Pick to Lead the Interior Department

Adam Markham

Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke will begin Senate confirmation hearings today for the post of Secretary of Interior in Donald Trump’s cabinet. As Secretary, he would oversee America’s 500 million acres of public lands, including the National Park System. Zinke would also have responsibility for timber extraction, livestock grazing, coal mining and oil and gas leases on public lands and 1.7 billion acres of seabed on the outer continental shelf.


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"Do you accept that there is unequivocal scientific evidence for human caused climate change?"

If he doesn't accept it that should disqualify him. The IPCC has made it clear that human sources of greenhouse gas emissions and soot are the major causes of climate change.


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I appreciate the questions, but as a native americans it is equally important to know what his stance on Native American sovereignty would be and if he feels consulting them on these issues would be respected?


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I think there's some confusion on the part of the author of this article. According to the CRS, there are 416 million acres controlled by DOI (under NPS, USFWS, and BLM). Another 192 million acres are managed by the US Forest Service, which is under Agriculture, not Interior. Also, saying that Sec DOI is responsible for timber extraction is misleading, since most timber extraction happens on National Forests and thus would be under the Sec. of Agriculture.