• News
  • Research

US Senate Confirms Trump Pick Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary

The Senate voted 68 to 31 Wednesday in favor of confirming Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke to head the Department of the Interior.

During his confirmation hearing, Zinke said he believes the climate is changing but suggested that the role that human activity has played is subject to debate.

"Congressman Zinke and I have had several discussions about forestry - especially about how to get the harvest up in a sustainable way, create jobs in rural America and protect our special places", Wyden said.

Zinke, who will lead a department that oversees 400 million acres of federal land, has anxious environmental advocates by appearing soft toward oil and gas companies. Also, the liberals are anxious that he would eventually open more land to exploitation, at the expense of wildlife and their constantly declining habitat.

Obama used the Antiquities Act of 1906 to make the national monument designations. State leaders and supporters of the oil and gas industry have vowed to work with the Trump administration in reversing the designation.




Zinke will oversee energy development on federal lands and the protection of endangered species, as well as the country's national parks.

Zinke earned a degree in geology from the University of OR in 1984 and joined the military two years later.

According to U.S. Sen.

Ryan Zinke testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 17, 2017. While Democrats didn't delay Zinke's confirmation, the prolonged process for other nominees, including newly confirmed Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, delayed Zinke from receiving a final vote earlier. As a one-term Congressman, Zinke worked to boost mining, including supporting an effort to end a coal leasing moratorium on federal lands.

"He knows we must strike this balance between conservation and responsible energy development", Senator Steve Daines, a Republican from Montana, said ahead of the vote Wednesday.

Leave Your Comment

Leave Your Comment


Latest News

  • Governor Cuomo orders investigation into bomb threats against JCCs across NY

    Governor Cuomo orders investigation into bomb threats against JCCs across NY

    There were at least 20 such threats called in to Jewish institutions across the country Monday, according to the ADL. JCC administration has moved everyone that was inside to a safer area on the premises.

    Trump's job approval at 44 percent in new poll

    Republican Party activists and Republican voters mostly approve of Donald Trump's first actions as president of the United States. But Democrats say more people are coming forward to compete as candidates against Republican office holders.
    United eyeing reinforcements - Mourinho

    United eyeing reinforcements - Mourinho

    Lingard scored the opening goal for United in their 2-1 Community Shield victory against Leicester in this season's curtain-raiser at Wembley .
  • Cloud-based internet outage causing surfing problems Tuesday

    Cloud-based internet outage causing surfing problems Tuesday

    Until that happens, AWS will most likely focus on strengthening its cloud services while Office 365 and G Suite reign supreme. A huge number of websites store content and run services with Amazon S3, and Amazon is now reporting "high error rates".

    Dwight Howard savagely fakes out a Celtics fan begging for his jersey

    In 36 games against Boston , Howard has averaged 16.0 points and 12.2 rebounds while rejecting a total of 84 shots. Howard was having a big game up to that point, finishing with 17 points and 12 rebounds in just 27 minutes.
    Vehicle  crash turns deadly after driver shoots 8-year-old girl

    Vehicle crash turns deadly after driver shoots 8-year-old girl

    It's not clear whether the alleged shooter was the driver of the white Pontiac or not, the Associated Press noted. Anyone with information should call HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
  • Top US, Chinese diplomats meet to discuss relationship

    Top US, Chinese diplomats meet to discuss relationship

    Trump has also criticized China's activities in the South China Sea and suggested he might use Taiwan as leverage in negotiations. Spicer noted that the meeting gives an opportunity to both the countries to "talk on shared interests of national security".

    Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

    Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Front (FN), is forecast to win most votes in the first round. This is "further supported by the news that the two socialist candidates won't form a coalition", he added .

    Get Out Easily Wins the Weekend Box Office with $30.5M

    All current box office estimates are provided to Mashable by comScore and all historical data is sourced from BoxOfficeMojo . The movie marks Peele's feature directorial debut and is the 2nd win in a row for Universal and Blumhouse after M.
  • As Pot Legalization Advances, Pediatricians Warn of Dangers

    Research showed teenagers who use marijuana are at higher risk of changes in the brain regions that affect memory and IQ. The AAP recommends that doctors urge parents not to use pot around their kids.
    Why Brie Larson Didn't Applaud for Casey Affleck After His Oscar Win

    Why Brie Larson Didn't Applaud for Casey Affleck After His Oscar Win

    While this might be a reason for celebration for the new Oscar-winner, not everyone was so eager to join in with the applause. It has become a tradition during awards season for last year's Best Actress victor to present the award for Best Actor .

    US Customs and Border Protection to open bids for border wall

    We're getting bad people out of this country, people that shouldn't be whether it's drugs or murder or other things. Earlier at the White House, Trump had described the stepped-up deportation drive as " a military operation ".
  • Arizona Cardinals Place The Franchise Tag On Chandler Jones

    Arizona Cardinals Place The Franchise Tag On Chandler Jones

    His presence alone helped Golden reach a career-high in sacks and defensive tackle Calais Campbell achieve eight sacks. Jones remains one of the league's premiere pass-rushers and is nearly certain to be back in Arizona next season.
    Feds Will Question de Blasio Over Possible Corruption Charges

    Feds Will Question de Blasio Over Possible Corruption Charges

    De Blasio voluntarily agreed to sit down with federal investigators and he has not requested or been offered immunity to do so. It was not clear if the investigation centered exclusively on de Blasio or other members of his administration.

    Suspect in Kim's killing was 'paid $90 for baby oil prank'

    For example, Saddam Hussein is believed to have used VX nerve agent on Kurdish citizens of Iraq in the 1980s. Kim was not an obvious political threat to his estranged half brother, Kim Jong Un.
  • Wild Speculations About Lorde's Cryptic TV Ad

    Wild Speculations About Lorde's Cryptic TV Ad

    There's an ad featuring the "Royals" singer being aired since this Monday morning on New Zealand television. Check out the cryptic video she posted at www.imwaitingforit.com -and try not to get fast food envy!

    President Park to not attend final impeachment hearing

    In a presidential opinion poll released Monday, Hwang placed third place behind two liberal opposition politicians. If, however they uphold the parliament's decision, a presidential election must be held.

    MWC 2017 : Blackberry KeyOne Launched Specifications with Physical QWERTY Pad

    This will hopefully be enough to adequately power Android Nougat 7.1, the latest version of Google's operating system . Let's jump right in and take a look at everything you need to know about the newly announced Blackberry KEYone.

Breaking News



Recommended

Salesforce forecasts lower-than-expected first-quarter profit, shares fall

In an analyst rating update on Tuesday shares of Salesforce .com (NYSE:CRM) had their rating indicated by analysts at Robert W. When calculating EPS estimates for the current year from sell-side analysts, the Price to current year EPS stands at 83.00%.

Comptroller's Scathing Report on Gaza War Rattling Israel's Politicians and Military

The Israeli military's "Iron Dome" defence system proved largely effective in knocking down incoming projectiles fired by Hamas. Earlier Monday, a rocket was sacked from Gaza into Israel, landing in an empty field.

Bill Cosby case to stay in Montco, be decided by outside jury

Cosby, free on $100,000 cash bail, could be sentenced to 15 to 30 years if convicted on all three charges filed against him. Railing against a voracious media he assailed as declaring themselves "judge, jury and executioner of Mr.

Almost 100-year-old woman fulfills bucket list wish to get arrested

The woman was only jailed for a few minutes, but Facebook photos show Annie smiling as she displays her handcuffs to the camera. According to the Daily Mail, the adventurous senior told family members she always wanted to experience jail.

Roger Federer eases into second round in Dubai

The break is too big for me to come in and just play like I did in Australia. "I couldn't have had a better first round start". He has yet to lift an eighth title at any event having achieved seven in Dubai, Wimbledon, Basel, Cincinnati and Halle.

Raptors' Kyle Lowry will receive wrist surgery, hopes to return for playoffs

The Raptors announced on Twitter that Lowry would undergo surgery on Tuesday morning on his right wrist to remove "loose bodies". Lowry was ruled out of Friday's game, and he will be evaluated further over the weekend.

White House Blocks CNN, NYT and Other Media Outlets From Press Briefing

Around noon, the White House updated that guidance, scuttling the gaggle to off-camera with the "expanded pool". CNN said in a statement , "Apparently this is how they retaliate when you report facts they don't like".

Black BMW Tupac Was Shot Being Auctioned Off For Millions

Shakur died 20 years ago after being shot four times while the BMW was stopped at a red light in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to TMZ , the gunshot indentations are visible in the car's door panels.

Not afraid of ABVP

The march was to reach the Maurice Nagar Police Station, demanding action against ABVP's hooliganism. We want emphasise our right to dissent policies that anti-student and highly communal".

Iraqi troops battle booby-trapped drones as they enter western Mosul

Officials can also refer to the militant group as "Daesh" - an Arabic acronym that is seen as derogatory by its members. IS will not give up and withdraw that easily and the whole operation might take as long as it did in east Mosul.