Ryan Zinke To Oil Reps: ‘We’ve Gotten A Lot Better As Industry’

By Chris D’Angelo as published in the Huffington Post

The interior chief was so comfortable playing the part of an oil man he momentarily forgot he wasn’t one

Good talk this morning with the National Petroleum Council. @realDonaldTrump policy has made the US the #1 producer of oil and gas in the world. We are building a regulatory framework to provide affordable energy to power our economy and heat our homes.

It was clear Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke felt at home Tuesday addressing representatives of the industry that was a top donor to his congressional campaigns. It’s the same industry that the Trump administration has worked so hard to prop up over the last two years, and that Zinke now regulates as chief steward of America’s natural resources.

“I see a lot of familiar faces,” he told the National Petroleum Council during its meeting in Washington, D.C., before launching into a series of go-to talking points about the importance of producing domestic energy, namely fossil fuels, and downplaying the dire conclusions of a recent federal climate report.

Interior’s “regulatory philosophy” is that the agency must partner with industry because “you are the leading edge of technology,” Zinke told members of the advisory committee.

“We want to embrace better stewardship. We want to embrace reliability. In order to get there, we have to understand the technology. And in order to understand it, quite frankly, we have to work with you,” he said. “I’ve been criticized [for] saying we want to work with you. I’ll take the criticism.”

Zinke was referring to controversial comments he made in September during a keynote speech at the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association’s meeting in Lafayette, Louisiana. “Our government should work for you,” he told the oil and gas trade group, according to a post by the association.

As head of the Interior Department, Zinke oversees some 500 million acres of land, or one-fifth of the United States, and 1.7 billion acres on the Outer Continental Shelf. It’s a job that comes with the sometimes conflicting tasks of preserving and protecting public lands and waters for future generations while also setting the policies that govern extracting natural resources from them.

Zinke has said that he’s succeeded in “striking the right balance,” but conservation efforts have taken a clear backseat as the administration has pushed forward with its “energy dominance” agenda…(CONTINUED)

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ryan-zinke-national-petroleum-council-oil-gas-climate_us_5c06f277e4b0680a7ec9cdd0

4 comments

  1. Raises the question if Zinke was ever NOT in industry’s pocket. If he is sincere about “striking the right balance” it means our government should work for ALL OF US, not just those who seek to profit at the public trough.

    We are a country, not a corporation.

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    • What a joke his comments are strike a balance?? For who he’+his f in cronies are the ones in control of the entire problem these helpless animals are facing, and its a difficult task for all of us to try and correct, since our tax dollars are being siphoned quickly by these greedy little weasels, we must make a stand and not stop or be quiet until this huge problem is corrected, yes?

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  2. The Senate confirmed President Trump’s pick for a key energy agency Thursday over Democrats’ objections that he is too biased for the job.

    The 50 to 49 vote along party lines means Bernard McNamee, a Republican and former high-ranking political official at the Energy Department under Trump, can take his spot in the five-person Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

    GOP Sen. Thom Tillis (N.C.) was absent from the floor vote.

    McNamee’s history in the Trump administration and working for the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation have raised significant objections from Democrats that he can’t live up to the expectation that FERC commissioners should be independent and neutral when it comes to energy fuel sources.

    He has been an outspoken advocate of fossil fuels, harshly criticized renewable energy and cast doubt on the science of climate change, including in a video of a speech that surfaced in recent weeks. McNamee also served a key role in pushing the Trump administration’s ongoing attempts to bail out uneconomic coal and nuclear power plants.

    “He has lied about how the renewable energies impact the electric grid. He has called support for clean energy ‘organized propaganda,’ and pitched the debate between fossil fuels and renewables in his words as a clash between liberty and tyranny,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on the Senate floor Thursday before the vote. “My Republican friends, these words sound absurd.”

    https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/420058-senate-confirms-trumps-controversial-energy-pick

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  3. Rick Perry currently serves as the 14th United States Secretary of Energy.

    After a Few Failed Attempts, A New Pitch for Nuclear Waste in West Texas
    Posted on July 1, 2015

    Listen: After a Few Failed Attempts, A New Pitch for Nuclear Waste in West Texas

    Bill Jones is a Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioner. He’s also co-owner of the Austin-based company AFCI, Texas. In that role, he wants to bring used nuclear fuel from those power plants to an above-ground storage site in rural Culberson County.

    But he’s been trying to do that for seven years. Even with supporters as powerful as former
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    http://marfapublicradio.org/blog/after-a-few-failed-attempts-a-new-pitch-for-nuclear-waste-in-west-texas/

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