Ryan Zinke, Dept Interior (NPS, BLM, USFWS)

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Ryan Zinke, Dept Interior (NPS, BLM, USFWS)

Post by Rand Man » January 31st, 2017, 2:51 pm

In a 16-6 vote today, the 23 member senate committee approved Ryan Zinke of Montana. Many votes were registered by proxy. Oregon's Wyden was not present, voted no-by-proxy on Perry, but did not vote on Zinke. The full-senate vote has not been scheduled.

Of note is (Washington) Senator Cantwell's comment to Zinke at the end of the 45 minute session, at 42:10, in the (temporarily archived) live broadcast:

http://www.energy.senate.gov/public/ind ... 22F0584790

FWIW, The Zinke vote started at minute 18. Fellow Montanan Senator Daines complimented Zinke at 37:30.

The committee vote was covered by the Great Falls Tribune, of Zinke's home state:
All 12 Republicans voted yes on Zinke.

They were joined by four Democrats:
Joe Manchin III of West Virginia,
Angus King of Maine
Catherine Cortez Maston of Nevada
Martin Heinrich of New Mexico

Six Democratic senators voted no on Zinke:
Maria Cantwell Washington
Bernie Sanders of Vermont
Al Franken of Minnesota
Mazie Hirono of Hawaii
Tammy Duckworth of Illinois
Debbie Stabenow of Michigan

One member did not vote:
Ron Wyden of Oregon

Complete article:

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/ ... /97279062/
The committee has 23 members:

1 R Lisa Murkowski Alaska Chairman
2 R John Barrasso Wyoming
3 R Jim Risch Idaho
4 R Mike Lee Utah
5 R Jeff Flake Arizona
6 R Steve Daines Montana
7 R Cory Gardner Colorado
8 R Jeff Sessions Alabama
9 R Lamar Alexander Tennessee
10 R John Hoeven North Dakota
11 R Bill Cassidy Louisiana
12 R Rob Portman Ohio

1 D Maria Cantwell Washington, Ranking Member
2 D Ron Wyden Oregon
3 D Bernard Sanders Vermont
4 D Debbie Stabenow Michigan
5 D Al Franken Minnesota
6 D Joe Manchin III West Virginia
7 D Martin Heinrich New Mexico
8 D Mazie K. Hirono Hawaii
9 D Angus King Maine
10 D Tammy Duckworth Illinois
11 D Catherine Cortez Masto Nevada

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Re: Ryan Zinke, Dept Interior (NPS, BLM, USFWS)

Post by Rand Man » January 31st, 2017, 6:47 pm

C-SPAN's Interior Secretary Confirmation Hearing, ~4 hrs, Jan 17th 2017.

part 1
https://www.c-span.org/video/?421718-1
part 2
https://www.c-span.org/video/?421718-2

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Re: Ryan Zinke, Dept Interior (NPS, BLM, USFWS)

Post by Rand Man » January 31st, 2017, 6:48 pm

Various links

Oregon Wild:
New Interior Front Runner has Abysmal Environmental Record
"[Zinke] has also supported legislation that would ... seek to promote logging, mining, drilling, and livestock grazing under weakened environmental safeguards while also locking the public out of decision making."
http://www.oregonwild.org/about/press/n ... tal-record

Wilderness Society:
Trump Interior Nominee Ryan Zinke Raises Serious Concerns
"We have serious concerns about the nomination of Congressman Zinke, whose repeated support for logging, drilling and mining on cherished public lands is out of step with most Americans.
[Zinke has] voted to scrap environmental safeguards related to logging efforts on national forests."
https://wilderness.org/press-release/tr ... s-concerns

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
"... serious concerns about Zinke’s nomination"
https://suwa.org/zinkes-first-hearing-packing-utah/

Montana Wilderness Association (Zinke is Montana's at-large US Congressman)
"[Zinke] has voted to develop wilderness areas and to transfer management of national forest lands to the state. More recently, he held listening sessions for a bill that would gut the Antiquities Act [used by presidents to create National Monuments; wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiquities_Act]"
http://wildmontana.org/wild-word/rep-zi ... erior-post

AAAS:
Interior Ryan Zinke
"He opposed the Interior Department's moratorium on new coal leases on public lands and said that its rule to reduce methane emissions by oil and gas operations on public lands was unnecessary."
https://www.aaas.org/first100days/trump ... n#interior

League of Conservation Voters (works to turn environmental values into priorities)
National Legislative Scorecard
http://scorecard.lcv.org/moc/ryan-zinke

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Re: Ryan Zinke, Dept Interior (NPS, BLM, USFWS)

Post by Rand Man » January 31st, 2017, 7:11 pm


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Post by Rand Man » January 31st, 2017, 7:39 pm

Wyden is the former chair of and a senior Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee [the committee reviewing Zinke's nomination]

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement after abstaining from voting on the nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke to lead the U.S. Department of the Interior:

“Today I abstained from voting on Representative Zinke because Oregonians need clarification on recent news reports that indicate he may be interested in moving the management of all the nation’s forests into the Department of the Interior, including those currently managed by the U.S. Forest Service,” Wyden said.

“After sixteen years, two administrations, and at least two different management plans, the Department of the Interior has yet to successfully implement a management plan for the 2.6 million acres of the O&C forests. If he is confirmed as Interior secretary, Representative Zinke should focus first on managing these forests rather than forcing our communities to wait years for the administration to reorganize forest management. Instead of wasting time and taxpayer dollars, what’s needed is effective, balanced forest management. The U.S. Forest Service, which manages 193 million acres, already faces a major backlog in forest management.

“Before I vote on Representative Zinke’s nomination I need answers from him about whether he intends to divert his attention if he is confirmed as Secretary of the Interior from managing Oregon’s forests to reshuffling bureaucracies.”

From:
https://www.wyden.senate.gov/news/press ... e-interior

More at:
https://www.wyden.senate.gov/search/?q=zinke

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Re: Ryan Zinke, Dept Interior (NPS, BLM, USFWS)

Post by miah66 » February 1st, 2017, 8:46 am

Jesus,

We are screwed at almost every level of gov't, agency and on almost every environmental front. Will there be anything left standing or worth saving in 4 years?
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Re: Ryan Zinke, Dept Interior (NPS, BLM, USFWS)

Post by ThePortlandeer » February 1st, 2017, 9:30 am

Randman,

I stood up for you in one of your earlier posts, piggybacking your message concerning public land transfers. I have written to my local US representative, Governor Brown (concerning the Elliott), my local Oregon representative, and Ted Wheeler just for the hell of it. For most of the people I wrote to I only hope they can communicate our message to the powers that be, since national issues are largely out of their jurisdiction. That being said, I think we all appreciate that you are striving to keep us in the know concerning the assault on public lands in Congress right now.

However, it feels like your messages are bordering on spam right now. You don't respond or partake in forum discourse and the mechanical nature of the posts, while possibly well-intentioned, may be rubbing some on Oregon Hikers the wrong way. How about coming out as a real person with a human response to those who have read and engaged on your posts? A little personality goes a long way...

Somewhat related to all this, while doing some research concerning HR 621 I happened upon a sportsmen website who also have taken issue with the proposed land distribution. I'm not a hunter (in fact I've opposed all forms of gun recreation and most hunting - a different conversation), but I signed the petition nonetheless. More than anything I was impressed by how organized they were from an advocacy standpoint. Maybe hunters in general have a more focused pursuit than hikers and better form lobby-like interests, but perhaps we need to add another forum here for organizing and pooling our collective interests to become a stronger voice...

https://www.bowhunting.com/blog/2017/01 ... o-h-r-621/ - scroll down to the bottom for all the links they provide to get engaged

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Post by miah66 » February 1st, 2017, 9:50 am

Thanks for looking into this more. I followed the link you posted and signed the petition, tweeted @jasoninthehouse about his bill and donated to Teddy Roosevelt conservation association. Keep up the pressure!
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Re: Ryan Zinke, Dept Interior (NPS, BLM, USFWS)

Post by VanMarmot » February 1st, 2017, 9:50 am

ThePortlandeer wrote:Randman,

I stood up for you in one of your earlier posts, piggybacking your message concerning public land transfers. I have written to my local US representative, Governor Brown (concerning the Elliott), my local Oregon representative, and Ted Wheeler just for the hell of it. For most of the people I wrote to I only hope they can communicate our message to the powers that be, since national issues are largely out of their jurisdiction. That being said, I think we all appreciate that you are striving to keep us in the know concerning the assault on public lands in Congress right now.

However, it feels like your messages are bordering on spam right now. You don't respond or partake in forum discourse and the mechanical nature of the posts, while possibly well-intentioned, may be rubbing some on Oregon Hikers the wrong way. How about coming out as a real person with a human response to those who have read and engaged on your posts? A little personality goes a long way...

Somewhat related to all this, while doing some research concerning HR 621 I happened upon a sportsmen website who also have taken issue with the proposed land distribution. I'm not a hunter (in fact I've opposed all forms of gun recreation and most hunting - a different conversation), but I signed the petition nonetheless. More than anything I was impressed by how organized they were from an advocacy standpoint. Maybe hunters in general have a more focused pursuit than hikers and better form lobby-like interests, but perhaps we need to add another forum here for organizing and pooling our collective interests to become a stronger voice...

https://www.bowhunting.com/blog/2017/01 ... o-h-r-621/ - scroll down to the bottom for all the links they provide to get engaged
Don't know about RandMan's personality but the topic itself is critical if you like wandering in the woods for whatever reason. So I'll repeat a previous [edited] post and add another.

Previously on OregonHikers,

Outdoor recreation – from hiking to hunting to all outdoorsy pursuits in between – is a sustainable industry that each year generates $646 billion in consumer spending and supports 6.1 million direct jobs. What confused me for awhile is how a huge outdoor industry ($646 billion is equal to the annual defense budget) could keep losing out to the much smaller cut/dig/despoil/privatize crowd. My take is that while the outdoor industry is huge, it's still composed of a multitude of fiefdoms that don't necessarily get along with one another: hikers versus mountain bikers, hikers versus hunters, OHV riders versus equestrians, etc., etc. Put these squabbling factions up against a smaller, but ferociously more focused thing like Koch Industries (to name just one), and you're toast. Gabriel Howe makes some good points about inclusion here, as does Land Tawney here.

And now some quotes from this post:

"...the Outdoor Industry Association came out in support of Trump’s pick for secretary of the interior, Ryan Zinke, who often voted against environmental measures when he was a U.S. representative from Montana. Members of the association include brands with popular social media followings like REI, Clif Bar, Keen, and Prana. These companies aren’t required to agree with every philosophy of an administration that their trade group publicly supports, but consumer outdoor gear is a massive industry that’s been well marketed via social outlets. And the connection is worth considering as the brands who purvey wilderness porn — or individuals those brands supply who do the same — stay silent."

"...limitations [on speech by government employees] don’t exist for accounts like @myadventurepassport (around 12,500 followers), @rei (1.5 million followers), or @theclymb (58,400 followers). And yet none of these has chosen to use its considerable online following to talk about the threats being lodged at its muses. One notable exception is Patagonia, which made a statement the week after the election about the need to protect public lands and the environment, declaring all proceeds from Black Friday sales would go to environmental causes. Patagonia’s popular Instagram account (2.4 million followers) also has not wavered, with multiple posts pointing out its position regarding climate change." So, whether you like corporations or not, having a large, rich one on your side that loves the outdoors can't hurt.

So, again, I really think we need to focus on what we have in common here, and not on what can be used to divide us, or we'll be hiking across a clearcut to view an open pit mine, provided - of course - that we're even allowed to cross all that newly privatized land in the first place...
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Re: Ryan Zinke, Dept Interior (NPS, BLM, USFWS)

Post by miah66 » February 1st, 2017, 9:56 am

Thank you! Excellent post!
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