The Anti-“Teddy Roosevelt” Administration with Secretary Ryan Zinke at the Helm

President Donald Trump with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, left, and Vice President Mike Pence, said previous use of the Antiquities Act represented an "egregious use of government power." (Photo courtesy the White House)
Black and White Picture of Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt

Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke recently proclaimed himself to be a “Teddy Roosevelt” kind of guy.

Hold on, wait a minute, let’s back up a bit Secretary Zinke.

Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency is best known for ecological conservation.

The current administration, the one Zinke works for, has yet to show any type of policy or proposal that would convince anyone of an ecological conservation mandate. The mere definition of ecological conservation – the process of preserving the natural environment for future generations – is likely the butt of many locker room jokes for the leaders of this administration.

Secretary Zinke, “You are no Teddy Roosevelt.”

 

Actually you and your administration are quite the opposite – the anti-“Teddy Roosevelt” administration. 

Don’t just take my word for it, let the evidence speak for itself…

Mr. Zinke posed behind a cut-out of a park ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park. Credit Ryan David Brown for The New York Times

Mr. Zinke posed behind a cut-out of a park ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park. Credit Ryan David Brown for The New York Times

  • The 2018 budget calls for massive cuts in scientific research and environmental programs that protect air and water by slashing the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 31 percent
  • NOAA cancels a rule to protect whales from fishing nets
  • President Trump pulls the United States out of Paris Climate Agreement
  • President Trump signs an executive order that seeks to dismantle climate change enacted by the Obama administration.  
  • Trump chooses U.S. Senator Scott Pruitt as the head of the U.S. EPA, the formal oil and gas attorney – this choice speaks volumes about Trump’s ecological mandate.
  • Zinke personally recommended that Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah’s red rock country be shrunk
  • Zinke ordered a review of sage grouse conservation measures with the intent of increasing energy production on federal lands.
  • The list goes on….

There are so many more examples of the current administrations anti-“Teddy Roosevelt” behavior, too many to mention in this short article. I made sure to include many links that go into more detail about the new administrations anti-“Teddy Roosevelt” sentiment.

 

 

What are your thoughts on the current state of ecological conservation in the United States compared to other world measures, comment below.

 

 

 

 

 

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