Zinke, House GOP escalate feud with Patagonia over monuments

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  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Dec. 12, 2017 10:07 p.m.

    It is high time that the uber rich stop acting like their jet set New York to LA shuttling ways are in any way friendly to the environment, let alone their building of gargantuan "cabins" across the interior of the west.

  • donworybhapy Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 12, 2017 2:25 p.m.

    Trump and Zinke just gave some of the land back. He didn't steal it. It's obvious that Patogonia is lying and those of us that are from the Western States get that. Nice try but us westerners, ranchers, farmers, miners, and western land lovers are going to fight and protect what is ours. Always have and always will.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 12, 2017 11:20 a.m.

    I plan to become a good customer of Patagonia.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Dec. 12, 2017 8:26 a.m.

    Zinke is proving to be the last person who should attack another for lack of ethics. The Secretary has multiple incidents that undermine his credibility.

    @ FT, the answer to your question is that Zinke and his posse are doing the bidding of their supporters. They are there to serve monied special interests.

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    Dec. 12, 2017 8:16 a.m.

    The truth is, most American's wanted to leave the monuments unchanged as the poll conducted by Zinke showed. Nothing about this administration has been honest, and so they continue with the fabrications about the monuments.

    When elected leaders refuse to listen to their bosses, then private leaders will fill the void.

    Patagonia is putting their money where their mouth is, and conservatives lose their collective mind.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Dec. 12, 2017 7:46 a.m.

    Patagonia is defending the protection of the land, and of the Native American tribes who want to see it defend it. Zinke is defending a scam that will ultimately allow rich donors (developers, miners, drillers, etc.) to despoil it. Thank you Patagonia for your efforts to defend the welfare of this precious and fragile ecosystem.

  • old cuss 101 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2017 12:36 a.m.

    This article, among many, underscores how the environmental movement is out of hand even if the rest of the world is having a hard time articulating its positions.

    This country was mostly ruled by law, from its inception, until special interest groups abandoned legislation in favor of judicial activism as a means of manipulating social conditions. We might observe and remember that "what goes around comes around" and "much of what you do to others eventually gets done to you..."
    What catches my attention in this article is that certain individuals, removed from appointed/hired government positions, seem to have acted in past position with strong personal biases rather than a balanced general interest of the populous. I think it now should be all right to take a more moderate tone with environmental issues. Negotiation and compromise are not four-letter words. It is not unholy to "promote the general welfare" instead of some segment's "personal welfare."

    The Patagonia leader's act seems a business figure with a stage using his "Schtick" in several senses of the word including cheap advertising. In behalf of those he attacks, "Good for the goose, good for the gander..."

  • Cougarbib2 Moorpark, CA
    Dec. 11, 2017 10:08 p.m.

    But it is OK for the Democrats quoted at the end of the artile to praise Patagonia. Patagonia has inserted itself into politics including leading outdoor retailers out of Utah.

    It goes both ways. Do you really expect to kick and poke against government but have their lips sealed?

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 11, 2017 8:26 p.m.

    Patagonia has a social conscience and that kind of courage is to be applauded. These House Republicans serve their master, not the American people. Truth doesn't work well with this administration. If there are corporations or businesses who want to come out as pro-Trump, that kind of foolishness will not go unnoted.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Dec. 11, 2017 5:44 p.m.

    Don't use taxpayer money to defend public criticism. Why aren't you asking your cronies to use their money? The oil and gas industry is throwing money at the Trumps. Heck, just last month we the people paid over $16,000 for a private charter so you could go give a pep talk to his hockey team in Las Vegas. Seems they should back you up with your feud with Patagonia.