Dems, environmentalists cheer Zinke's departure

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Washington, December 15, 2018 | comments
The Hill

Democratic lawmakers joined conservation groups Saturday in cheering President Trump’s announcement that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is leaving his job by the end of the year.

Zinke’s departure comes as Democrats prepare to take over as the majority in the House, which included gearing up to challenge policies created under Zinke and questioning a number of the secretary’s own ethical decisions.

Under Zinke’s watch, the Interior Department carried out an aggressively pro-industry agenda, angering greens and animal rights groups who had hoped the secretary would live up to his promises to be a Teddy Roosevelt-style conservationist.
Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), a member of the Natural Resources panel, said he “will not miss” Zinke.

“Ryan Zinke’s tenure at Interior was a never-ending stream of terrible management decisions, increased exploitation of public lands, reduced protections for wildlife, total disregard for the work of scientists, and an alarming number of ethical lapses,” he tweeted

Beyer said Zinke is “avoiding the accountability” of having Democrats in the House majority by leaving now.

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