He also said he was willing to revisit decisions by the Obama administration, including recent moves to halt coal leasing, ban oil and gas drilling in most of the Arctic and set aside parts of the West as national monuments under the Antiquities Act.
But Zinke also said that he “absolutely” opposed the sale or transfer of public land, and he rejected the idea, which Trump has asserted, that climate change is a hoax. He was less than emphatic in embracing the broad scientific consensus that human activity is the dominant cause of climate change.
Just because he’s sensible enough to believe what scientists are saying with regard to climate change does not make him any less of an absolute hazard to public lands due to his sympatico views on fossil fuels. And ultimately how sensible is he really when he’s okay with Arctic drilling?
This from Law360:
Law360, New York (January 17, 2017, 8:01 PM EST) — Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., Donald Trump’s nominee for interior secretary, parted ways with earlier comments by the president-elect by saying during Senate confirmation hearings on Tuesday that he doesn’t believe climate change is a hoax, but suggested that there is still a place for fossil fuel drilling on federal lands.Appearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the 55-year-old former Navy SEAL said that he had seen the impact of climate change firsthand, watching a glacier recede while he had lunch with his family..