Running out of Lobbyists to Hire, “Dinky” Zinke Turns to Land Transfer Zealots for Top Interior Posts

by as published on Western Values Project

“…he is shaping the BLM to overwhelmingly favor the oil and gas industry at the expense of Western public lands…”

This week has seen leaders in the land seizure movement gaining traction at the Interior Department. Brian Steed, the former Chief of Staff to leading land seizure advocate Utah Congressman Chris Stewart, was appointed the acting director of the Bureau of Land Management. Meanwhile, Karen Budd-Falen, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s top pick to become the permanent head of BLM, will bring her land seizure road show to Hamilton, Montana today.

Plus, a scathing profile on James Carson, the associate deputy secretary at Interior, revealed how he is shaping the BLM to overwhelmingly favor the oil and gas industry at the expense of Western public lands. According to The Nation, “He wrote the Federal Register notice announcing the department’s controversial review of 27 national monuments, and he has been granted virtual carte blanche to set policy as it relates to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.”

Zinke Accountability Roundup:

Today, Politico’s cartoonists married the growing influence of the oil and gas industry at Interior with Zinke’s zeal for changing the department’s flag. Yesterday, The Washington Post exposed Zinke’s reckless and ethically questionable flying habits. On Tuesday, Huffington Post detailed his affinity for using taxpayer money for interior design à la taxidermy. Meanwhile, Sen. Dick Durbin is still not happy with Zinke’s national monuments review.

Department of Interior Roundup:

A former Interior employee is suing the department for refusing to release information concerning his own reassignment and that of several of his former colleagues. Meanwhile, a Senate staffer offered inside information on the likely reduction of Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. While information continues to leak out, the review process has been largely hidden from the public thus far.

Trivia: What current Interior nominee vocally supported drilling off the Virginia coastline while serving as Virginia’s Secretary of Natural Resources?

A)    Doug Domenech

B)    Jason Larrabee

C)    Aurelia Skipwith

D)    Austin Ewell

Answer: A) Doug Domenech! Currently the nominee for Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Insular Affairs, Domenech called the potential Atlantic oil reserves like “‘looking at a bunch of Christmas gifts that are wrapped.’” Read more about him here.

Interior Decorator: “Dinky” Zinke’s Push To Redesign Flags And Accessorize With Dead Animals

The United Horse Killers of America! Part 2- Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke

SOURCE:  Equine Advocates

In the youtube video below, the section on Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, starts about 11:47 minutes into it through about 14:05, and includes Zinke’s recent trips using taxpayer dollars, and also how Zinke got in big trouble while he was in the Navy because he “fiddled with his expenses in order to get the government to pay for his personal travel.”

 Watch the section regarding Sec of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, 11:47 minutes into this through about 14:05

EMERGENCY ALERT! PLEASE READ AND TAKE ACTION!

The United Horse Killers of America!  Part 2- Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke

The countdown is on as to whether horse slaughter will return to U.S. soil and whether Wild Horse & Burros will be sold off to slaughter and become extinct. Right now, the very existences of wild and domestic equines hang in the balance as we await the Senate Appropriations Committee’s decision to either disagree with the House of Representatives’ deadly decision to destroy and slaughter horses or go along with it. If the Senate does go along with the House, then all will be lost.

Ryan Zinke, a former Congressman from Montana who was confirmed as the new Secretary of the Interior, is one of the ringleaders of this movement to slaughter horses and exterminate America’s remaining Wild Horse & Burro herds.

We have quoted him many times, but his sentiments could not be any clearer:

“If a horse is too old to breed, too old to ride or too expensive to feed, a horse is disposed of,” he said.

Zinke may go down as the worst Interior Secretary in American history but he is taking our horses along with with him and destroying other species as well. He is also ruining our Public Lands and many of our national monuments as he is involved with special interests in the oil and gas industries, as well as the cattle ranchers who feel entitled to use that land for their own purposes that stickly enrich them.

Over the past 24 hours, Zinke has become embroiled in even more scandals than the ones he had hanging over his head when a clueless Congress confirmed him for the Cabinet post as Interior Secretary.

Now, we need to take those scandals and use them to fight for the horses. Just last night Friday, 9/29/17), Rachel Maddow skewered him on her show. Here is the link for it. Just fast forward to 11 minutes/48 seconds and you can view the part about Zinke here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYbXASyx4b0

In addition, please see this link with regard to Zinke’s “pattern for fraud” when he was a Navy SEAL:
https://theintercept.com/…/trumps-pick-for-interior-secret…/

See his mounting scandals implicating him in Travelgate which just cost Tom Price his job: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/ryan-zinke-charter-plane_us…
(Zinke’s involvement goes way beyond this latest scandal which you will learn about from Rachel Maddow’s report.)

The estimated date for the Senate to mark up the language for the Horse Slaughter and Wild Horse issues has been moved to the week of October 10th which buys us some more. Our sources tell us that a focus should be on Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska who Zinke attacked, berated and threatened over her vote to oppose Trumpcare. She is a key Senator to contact along with Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico as they are the co-chairs of the Senate Interior Appropriations Committee. Also, be sure to contact your own two U.S. Senators and PLEASE keep the pressure on until the day that the Senate deals with these issues.

WHAT TO DO:
Here is a link with information on how to reach Senators Udall, Murkowski and your own two U.S. Senators: https://www.equineadvocates.org/19655-2/

PLEASE TAKE ACTION STARTING ON MONDAY.
AGAIN, THIS IS LITERALLY A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH FOR AMERICA’S WILD AND DOMESTIC EQUINES.
PLEASE SHARE AND PASS THIS VITAL INFORMATION ON. EVERYONE WHO CARES MUST GET INVOLVED AND BECOME PRO-ACTIVE!
STAY TUNED FOR MORE UPDATES.
THANK YOU!

(If you missed Part 1 of our United Horse Killers of America series, please click here to read about Rep. Adrian Smith: https://www.facebook.com/equineadvocates.org/photos/a.128854410471310.14855.119741951382556/1513158482040889/?type=3&theater )

Action Alert: Call your U.S. Senators to save wild horses & burros!

Horses from the upcoming Checkerboard roundup could be killed.  (photo: Carol Walker)

The wild horses & burros need YOUR voice.  Now.

Language in the 2018 Budget would allow 46,000 wild horses in BLM holding facilities and tens of thousands more on public lands to be killed.  Your phone calls are the only chance the wild horses & burros have to stop this from happening.

Please fax (your letter will get to them quickly) even a simple handwritten note and/or make phone calls to your U.S. Senators, and tell them you are a constituent and:

1) You do NOT want our wild horses and burros to be killed, “euthanized” or sterilized.

2) Do NOT remove the sales restrictions that protect our wild horses and burros from being sold into the slaughter pipeline.

3) You oppose horse slaughter in the U.S.

Call or fax a note to YOUR U.S. Senators, and then also call of fax a note to:

SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

PHONE & FAX NUMBERS

(CHAIR) Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) 202-224-5054   202-224-9450
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) 202-224-5744   202-224-3416
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) 202-224-6665   202-224-5301
Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) 202-224-4843   202-228-1371
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) 202-224-3841   202-228-3954
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) 202-224-4041   202-224-9750
Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) 202-224-5042   202-228-3075
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 202-224-3041   202-228-0285
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HW) 202-224-3934   202-228-1153
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) 202-224-2152   202-228-0400
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) 202-224-6521   202-228-6966
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KS) 202-224-2541   202-224-2499
Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) 202-224-4623   202-228-0447
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) 202-224-2523   202-224-2693
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) 202-224-4654   202-228-0629
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) 202-224-5721   202-224-8149
Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) 202-224-2644   202-224-8594
Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) 202-224-2651   202-228-1236
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) 202-224-2841   202-228-3194
Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) 202-224-2551   202-224-7999
Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) 202-224-5754   202-228-1015
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) 202-224-3753   202-228-3997
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) 202-224-4642   202-224-4680
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) 202-224-4944   202-228-3398 (Big Pro-Horse Slaughter Supporter)
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) 202-224-0238   202-224-3479
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) 202-224-2621   202-224-0238
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) 202-224-5653   202-224-9787
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) 202-224-6472   202-224-7665
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) 202-224-3954  202-228-0002

Please only call Senators Udall and Graham to thank them for the Udall-Graham Amendment:

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) 202-224-6621   202-228-3261                                                                                                                                           Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 202-224-5972   202-224-3808

 

John Holland (Pres., Equine Welfare Alliance) and Simone Netherlands (Pres., Salt River Wild Horse Management Group) on Dept. of Interior’s plan to kill over 46,000 wild horses in BLM facilities and on public lands, and on fighting against horse slaughter in the U.S., on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., 9/13/17)

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Wild_Horse_Burro_Radio_LogoJoin us on Wild Horse Wednesdays®, this Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017

5:00 p.m. PST … 6:00 p.m. MST … 7:00 p.m. CST … 8:00 p.m. EST

Listen to the archived show (HERE!)

You can also listen to the show on your phone by calling (917) 388-4520.

You can call in with questions during the 2nd half hour, by dialing (917) 388-4520, then pressing 1.

This show will be archived so you can listen to it anytime.

Our guests tonight are John Holland, Pres. of Equine Welfare Alliance and Simone Netherlands (Pres. of The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, and Spokeswoman for American Wild Horse Campaign).  They will be talking about issues including stopping horse slaughter from being approved in the U.S., and the Dept. of the Interior’s language in the 2018 Budget to kill over 46,000 wild horses & burros in holding, and tens of thousands more on public lands.

Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA), is a dues free, all volunteer 501(c)(3) umbrella organization representing over 330 member organizations, over 1,200 individual members worldwide in 23 countries and the Southern Cherokee Government. EWA is dedicated to ending the slaughter of American horses and the preservation and protection of Wild Horses & Burros on public lands.

The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG) is an Arizona-based nonprofit organization dedicated to monitoring, studying and protecting the Salt River wild horses.

Advocates of Arizona’s wild horses delivered a 300,000-signature petition to Sen. Jeff Flake’s office in Phoenix, opposing the mass killing of federally protected horses and burros across the U.S.

The treatment tank at the Cavel horse slaughterhouse in DeKalb, IL, taken just months before it closed in 2007. Cavel was never in compliance on its discharge during its period of operation.

This show will be co-hosted by R.T. Fitch (Pres.) and Debbie Coffey (V.P. and Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs) of Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

To contact us: ppj1@hush.com, or call 320-281-0585

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/marti-oakley/2017/09/14/john-holland-pres-equine-welfare-alliance-and-simone-netherlands

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Fighting Wildlife Crime amid Bureaucracy and Solutions

In 2016, a Minnesota man was found guilty of smuggling objects made from elephant ivory.

SOURCE:  PPJ Gazette

by Sam Jojola

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Background

“This article was originally published for World Animal News in November, 2015 and titled “Wildlife Crimes: Why Is It So Difficult to Enforce Laws”. This is an updated version that includes reference to a 2016 GAO report detailing the shortcomings and successes of combating wildlife trafficking. It often seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same. There are some positive changes, but they are slow.”

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Global Anti-Poaching Act of 2015

The passage of the Global Anti-Poaching Act (H.R. 2494) through the House on June 25, 2015 was long overdue and very encouraging news for wildlife law enforcement. It will greatly assist in addressing the rapid expansion of wildlife criminal syndicates and terrorist groups globally. Finally, after decades of “paralysis by analysis” there is some political motivation in the U.S. to deal with the exponential growth of wildlife crime here and around the world. Why has it taken so long?

The most recent GAO report dated September, 2016 titled Combating Wildlife Trafficking: Agencies are taking a range of actions but the task force lacks performance targets for assessing progress: http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/679968.pdf

Perhaps there will be another GAO report this year to show measurable progress.

Layers of bureaucracy and political meddling

When one examines the primary agency responsible for investigating wildlife crimes on the federal level, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement (USFWS/OLE) has been and is the lead entity to do so. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is primarily a biological entity under the umbrella of the Department of the Interior that oversees a host of at least nine (9) agencies, like the U.S. Park Service (USPS), the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to name a few. The USFWS/OLE is just one of fifteen (15) National programs managed by USFWS. In essence many layers of government within the Department of the Interior which is not a law enforcement entity like the Department of Justice. Other law enforcement agencies like the FBI, DEA, ATF, ICE, and the Secret Service, are not under the umbrella of a non-law enforcement entity that can sometimes run political interference and impede wildlife investigations and protection.

There are a number of glaring examples over the decades where political meddling by high level non-law enforcement leaders were persuaded by the interests of well-connected trophy hunters or landowners to “bend the rules” and give a seized hunting trophy back or not pursue an investigation into violations of federal wildlife laws. You won’t find these examples on the Internet as they are buried in the minds of former agents like myself or in obscure articles from the 1980’s and 1990’s hidden in library archives or this amazing October, 1996 29 page account from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER): https://www.peer.org/assets/docs/whitepapers/1996_tarnished_trophies.pdf

Here is a more recent account of a colleague of mine who was forced into retirement several years ago after he reported political interference and scientific misconduct in USFWS: http://www.hcn.org/articles/u-s-fish-and-wildlife-whistleblower-retaliation-case-raises-questions#commenting.

Just Google “USFWS political meddling into wildlife science based decisions” and a disturbing pattern of pages emerge over the years where politics overrides the protection of key species such as Grizzly Bears, Wolves, Wolverines and other species of concern.

Historical Neglect of Federal Wildlife Law Enforcement

READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.

Action alert: focus your fight to save our wild horses & burros on the Senate

Our thanks to Representatives Dina Titus (D-Nevada), Peter King (R-New York), Jared Polis, (D-Colorado), Carlos Curbelo (R-Florida) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-New Mexico) for their efforts and for sponsoring the House Amendments that would have stopped the slaughter of tens of thousands of our wild horses and burros.

Unfortunately, the House Committee on Rules has voted down the amendments that were introduced to stop horse slaughter and the killing of tens of thousands of wild horses and burros.  The House Committee on Rules stopped these amendments from going to the House floor for a vote by all Representatives.

Our fight is not over.  We need to focus on the Senate.

Please fax (your letter will get to them quickly) even a simple handwritten note and/or make phone calls to your Senators, and tell them you are a constituent and:

1) you do NOT want our wild horses and burros to be killed, “euthanized” or sterilized.

2) Do NOT remove the sales restrictions that protect our wild horses and burros from being sold into the slaughter pipeline.

3) you do NOT want horse slaughter in the U.S.

Share this message with your friends and on social media and ask everyone to take action to save the lives of tens of thousands of wild horses and burros in BLM holding facilities and on our public lands.  And ask them to share this message, too. 

We need many voices to save our wild horses and burros.

Also, our thanks to Representatives Vern Buchanan (R-Florida), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-California), Ed Royce (R-California), and Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon),  for introducing the bipartisan amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations bill that would bar the U.S. Department of Agriculture from funding horsemeat inspectors.

Zinke’s Sham National Monument Review Still Shrouded in Secrecy

The Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

Source:  Center for Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, August 24, 2017

Contact:  Randi Spivak, (310) 799-4894, rspivak@biologicaldiversity.org

Records Request Demands Zinke’s Report to Trump on National Monuments

Sham National Monument Review Still Shrouded in Secrecy

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a Freedom of Information Act request today for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s report to President Trump on the fate of 27 national monuments.

The Interior report, which was sent to Trump today, has not been released. According to reports, Zinke has recommended removing protections for some national monuments.

“This entire review has been a lawless, secretive sham,” said Randi Spivak, the Center’s public lands director. “Now Trump and Zinke are hiding the report so they don’t have to face public backlash for trying to sell out America’s public lands to fossil fuel development and logging. They’re asking for a court battle. And they’ll get one.”

The report concludes the Trump administration’s controversial 120-day review of 27 national monuments spanning more than 1 billion acres of public lands and oceans.

Zinke visited only eight at-risk monuments during his review, meeting almost exclusively with monument opponents, including representatives of the oil, gas and timber industries. He arbitrarily “pardoned” six national monuments, without providing any criteria for his decisions to leave current protections in place.

A vast majority of Americans support national monuments and oppose removing protections. More than 2.7 million people wrote to the Interior Department urging Zinke and Trump to preserve the 27 monuments.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

www.biologicaldiversity.org

Agenda for this week’s Wild Horse & Burro Killers’ Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah

(Be sure to also read our Hall of Shame below the Agenda.)

THE HALL OF SHAME

     Utah Gov. Gary Herbert – In May, 2016, Herbert was criticized for unethical campaign fund-raising activity. In a tape that was made without his knowledge, as Herbert was trying to get donors to contribute his campaign finance money, Herbert said that he would go anywhere and do whatever it takes. “I’m available. I’m available Jones!” he was heard saying on the tape. Although he did say that there would be no quid pro quo he also said to the lobbyists in attendance that even if he did not agree with them that he would make them happy. (KUTV 2 News)

    Secretary of the Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, shown here giving BLM’s false information to Congress.  Zinke will be at the Summit to support the killing (and sterilizations) of over 46,000 wild horses and burros.

     Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah has lied to Congress by implying there was a 41% increase in wild horse & burro population in only 5 months, and by showing a photo of one thin horse, and claiming that a majority of the wild horse population on the range were starving or dying from dehydration.  Stewart was CEO of the Shipley Group, which consults government agencies on navigating through government regulations in the energy sector.  Among the bills Chris Stewart co-sponsored was H.R.334, the Keystone For a Secure Tomorrow Act.  This bill supported the building of the Keystone XL pipeline.  Chris Stewart’s brother, Tim, is a lobbyist for American Capitol Group, a Washington D.C. lobbying firm.  American Capitol Group has lobbied for fossil fuel interests like the Western Energy Alliance, a group mainly comprised of fracking and oil companies.  Tim Stewart lobbies for EnergyNorthAmerica, a company he co-founded to lobby for the Fossil Fuel Industry.  Read more about Chris Stewart’s family ties HERE.

     Keith Norris – Is both the Chair of the National Horse & Burro Rangeland Management Coalition AND the Director of Wildlife Policy & Programs for The Wildlife Society.  Read the testimony that Norris gave to the House Natural Resources Committee in June, 2016 HERE.

     Rick Danvir – Formerly the wildlife manager at Deseret Western Ranches.  (The Deseret Land & Livestock Ranch, DLL, consists of 200,000 acres owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.)  Danvir is now a private consultant (Basin Wildlife Consulting) leading the Wildlife and Range Programs for the Western Landowners Alliance.  The Board of Directors for Western Landowners Alliance includes Mike Phillips, a Montana State Senator, who also represents Ted Turner’s 2 million acres across fifteen ranches in the US and South America (1.2 million of those are in Montana and New Mexico).

Danvir’s Board and other affiliations include the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Committee, the Utah Wildlife Board, the Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit Association, the Utah Foundation for Quality Resource Management, The Wildlife Society, the Society for Range Management, the Quivira Coalition, and the Center for Holistic Resource Management.

 

Lawmakers Question Interior Secretary Over Whistleblower Reassignment

Source:  Project on Government Oversight (POGO)

Joel Clement, a whistleblower who until recently served as director of the Interior Department’s Office of Policy Analysis. (Photo provided by Wilkenfeld Law)

Bringing further attention to one of the most high-profile whistleblower cases to arise during the Trump administration so far, Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are supporting a Department of Interior executive who says management retaliated against him because he disclosed how climate change is creating acute risks to Alaskan coastal communities.

The whistleblower case is set against the backdrop of an administration that pulled out of the Paris climate accord, took steps to pull back from other initiatives meant to mitigate global climate change fueled by carbon emissions, and sought to unleash the fossil fuel industry.  The Interior Department is at the forefront of many of these policy changes.

The whistleblower, Joel Clement, until recently served as director of the Interior Department’s Office of Policy Analysis, where he worked with Alaska Native communities whose villages are endangered by flooding and rising shorelines experts say are caused by climate change.  He also managed much of the Obama administration’s Arctic initiatives, implementing Executive Orders, serving on international councils, and helping create the Arctic Executive Steering Committee, an interagency body tasked with coordinating policy on the Arctic.  Clement says he raised the tangible risks that climate change creates for Alaskan communities with White House officials in the Trump administration and senior Interior Department personnel, and it was “clear” to him that they were “uncomfortable” with his message.  Clement also spoke before the United Nations in June about the danger climate change poses to Alaskan villages.

Six days after that UN presentation, Interior Department management moved Clement out of his position into a new one with the Department’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) under a “directed reassignment” effort launched by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.  ONRR handles royalty payments from energy companies that draw fossil fuels from government lands.  “I am not an accountant — but you don’t have to be one to see that the administration’s excuse for a reassignment such as mine doesn’t add up,” said Clement in a Washington Post op-ed published July 19.  He filed a complaint the same day  with the Office of Special Counsel, a federal office that investigates whistleblower retaliation.

Read the rest of this article HERE.