Guest opinion: Zinke's gone, but Interior's overhaul must continue

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  • Freiheit Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 9, 2019 10:17 a.m.

    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?

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 8, 2019 10:13 a.m.

    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?

  • one old man MSC, UT
    Jan. 8, 2019 7:38 a.m.

    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.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    Jan. 8, 2019 7:32 a.m.

    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.

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    Jan. 8, 2019 7:18 a.m.

    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.

  • Hugh1 Denver, CO
    Jan. 8, 2019 4:55 a.m.

    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.