The Western Values Project launched a campaign urging Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to keep his promise to follow the example of President Teddy Roosevelt.
Beginning today, and continuing throughout the week, a mobile billboard highlighting the website http://www.teddyvszinke.com/ will appear around the Department of the Interior. (Photo linked here)
“Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke wants you to think he’s just like Teddy Roosevelt. What he does about the Bears Ears will prove if he’s just blowing smoke,” said Chris Saeger, Executive Director of the Western Values Project.“Throughout his career as a politician, Ryan Zinke has told anyone willing to listen that he’s cut from the same cloth as the iconic conservation pioneer, and founder of the National Parks Service, former President Roosevelt. His support for the Land and Water Conservation fund and his opposition to the seizure and sale of national public lands backs that up. But his record of clearing the way for big oil and gas companies to drill on American public lands—along with the $345,136 in campaign cash he’s taken from them–raises questions.”
Now that he’s in the hot seat at the most powerful government agencies that oversees American public lands, will Secretary Zinke have the courage to stand up to his donors and protect areas like the Bears Ears area of Utah from oil and gas development?