Zinke is relentlessly assaulting our public lands, oceans, and wildlife, all to help line the pockets of his industry pals—all while likening himself to “the conservation president” Teddy Roosevelt.
Since taking office, Zinke has opened up protected American land for drilling and mining. For example, despite loud public pushback, he drastically shrunk Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, effectively handing these spectacular and sacred places to coal, oil, uranium, and gas companies.
Zinke also took the first steps toward allowing offshore oil and gas drilling in all 22 coastal states—even as local governments and communities spoke out against the decision. Now our marine life and coastal economies face the risk of catastrophic oil spills.
Under Zinke, sustainable wildlife management has also suffered. Just a few examples: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a unit of the Interior Department, has removed Endangered Species Act protections for Yellowstone’s grizzly bears. The National Park Service, also under the Interior Department, wants to allow cruel ways of hunting wildlife in Alaska’s National Preserves. And Zinke appointed hobbyist hunters, including the NRA’s director of hunting policy, to his new International Wildlife Conservation Council.
NRDC has successfully sued to block Zinke’s rollbacks, including his attempt to delay a key rule that targeted dangerous cancer-causing air pollution and methane leaks, a potent greenhouse gas, from the oil and gas industry. And we’ll keep fighting, both in and out of court, to stop his pro-polluter moves.