As for moving Interior to the West, how will that improve communication and
cooperation with the ultimate arbitrators of its policies, the Congress and
White House? Out of sight, out of mind?If local input is so valuable, why not
move the Department of Defense to Afghanistan, for 17 years now the main focus
of its activities?
Should the next Secretary of Interior also be a corrupt, law breaker who loads
the department with anti science, corporate shills more interested in making a
buck than protecting our public land?
It's vital that readers check sources of Op Ed pieces with reputable fact
checking sites such as SourceWatch.Only then will we be able to
determine which Op Eds are believable and which are not -- or in which direction
they may be slanted.Given the amount of propaganda flowing from both
the Left and Right, it's vital that we learn which sources should be
trusted or ignored.
Sourcewatch reports:The Property and Environment Research Center
formerly the Political Economy Research Center, is a right wing 501(c)3 non
profit "think tank" based in Bozeman, Montana. PERC is an associate
member of the State Policy Network PERC is one of the pioneers of
"the approach known as free market environmentalism, which is based on the
following tenets:Private property rights encourage stewardship of
resources;Government subsidies often degrade the environment;Market
incentives spur individuals to conserve resources and protect environmental
quality; and Polluters should be liable for the harm they cause others.""We believe environmental quality can be achieved by managing our
resources based on property rights, private initiative and voluntary activity.
Free market environmentalism offers a genuine alternative to excessive
government control and regulation," PERC argues on its website. The organization has published articles trivializing and denying the
scientific consensus on climate change. PERC director and senior fellow Daniel
K. Benjamin goes as far as arguing that global warming will be beneficial to
mankind and improve agricultural output.
Another Koch funded anti-public lands front group.Hopefully some of
Zinkes poor decisions will be over turned, and he will be held responsible for
the corruption in his dept.This administration has been a disaster
from the top down.
Based on Interior Secretary Zinke's recommendation, President Donald Trump
radically cut the area of Utah's Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante
monument - a reversal justified as Obama overreach with the claimed benefit of
better local management of Utah's mineral extraction industry.Mineral interests are loathe to acknowledge that extracting and burning coal
is not a long-term solution to energy independence, nor is it sustainable
environmental stewardship. Promoting fossil fuels, especially coal, at the
expense of renewable resources is viewed by scientists globally as irresponsible
- with the possible exception of climate change denial believers.Coal's costs begin when it is mined and burned, but the costs continue to
escalate. There is the scarring of the original strip, then the cost of
reclaimation, then the costs of ground pollution and remediation, and then there
is the release of CO2 and costs of global warming. No, this is not an issue to
be settled by home rule. That's irresponsible, and this is no way to
overhaul the Interior Department.