US says Trump coal moves hasten but don’t increase emissions

U.S. 05/22/19, 19:19

The Trump administration's decision to lift a moratorium on coal sales from public lands could hasten the release of more than 5 billion tons of greenhouse gases, but officials concluded Wednesday it would make little difference in overall U.S. climate emissions. That conclusion from the Bureau of Land Management comes after ...

Mining project on federal lands hires former Interior head

Politics 04/16/19, 13:54

Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has a new job: a more than $100,000-a-year post with a gold-mining firm that's pursuing project approvals involving the federal agency that Zinke left fewer than four months ago. Zinke told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his work for Nevada-based U.S. Gold Corp., which focuses ...

Senate confirms ex-lobbyist David Bernhardt to lead Interior

Politics 04/11/19, 13:34

The Senate on Thursday confirmed acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to lead the department on a permanent basis, despite complaints by Democrats that the former oil and gas lobbyist has used his federal position to benefit former industry clients. The Senate voted 56-41 to approve Bernhardt's nomination to oversee the country's ...

Senators consider ex-oil and gas lobbyist to head Interior

Politics 03/28/19, 11:06

President Donald Trump's nominee to head the Interior Department is promising to cut regulation for businesses without sacrificing environmental interests if he wins confirmation. Washington veteran and former oil and gas lobbyist David Bernhardt was appearing Thursday before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which is considering his nomination. Bernhardt has ...

APNewsBreak: US moves ahead with oil leases near sacred park

Enviroment 01/31/19, 01:22

U.S. land managers will move forward in March with the sale of oil and gas leases that include land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park and other sites sacred to Native American tribes.The sale comes as Democratic members of Congress, tribal leaders and environmentalists have criticized the federal Bureau of ...

Former US Interior boss takes job at investment company

U.S. 01/14/19, 20:45

Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday he's "glad to be out of the swamp" after taking a job at a private investment company in the wake of his resignation and amid unresolved ethics investigations into his actions while in President Donald Trump's Cabinet. North Carolina-based Artillery One said Monday ...

Update: Zinke: Park visitors should “grab a trash bag”

U.S. 01/04/19, 12:49

The Latest on Ryan Zinke's departure as U.S. Secretary of Interior (all times local): 10:50 a.m. Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says National Park visitors should "grab a trash bag and take some trash out" as garbage bins at some parks overflow during the government shutdown. With many government workers furloughed as ...

Embattled Zinke defends legacy after leaving Trump Cabinet

Politics 01/04/19, 00:31

As former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exits Washington amid a cloud of unresolved investigations and criticism of his actions favoring industry, he told The Associated Press that he has lived up to the conservation ideals of Teddy Roosevelt and insisted that the myriad allegations against him will be proven ...

What are outgoing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s biggest accomplishments?

Politics 12/16/18, 22:15

President Donald Trump announced Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s resignation Saturday amid a slew of ethics investigations into the former Navy SEAL. The news came as a shock to many of his staunchest allies who touted the major reforms and policy changes Zinke set in motion. Among Zinke’s major accomplishments were rolling back restrictive ...

The Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reveals the reason of resignation

Politics 12/15/18, 20:49

Outgoing Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke claims that costs associated with defending himself and his family from “false allegations” prompted his decision Saturday morning to resign. “I love working for the President and am incredibly proud of all the good work we’ve accomplished together. However, after 30 years of ...

Trump says Interior Secretary Zinke leaving administration

Politics 12/15/18, 09:39

President Donald Trump says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (ZIN'-kee), who's facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will leave the administration at year's end. Trump tweets that Zinke "accomplished much during his tenure" and that a replacement would be announced next week. The Cabinet post ...

California wildfire emissions equal year of power pollution

U.S. 11/30/18, 16:32

Wildfires in California in 2018 released the rough equivalent of about 68 million tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide — about the same amount of carbon emissions as are produced in a year to provide electricity to the state, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Friday.The carbon dioxide figure — based ...

Winds that fanned Southern California wildfire diminish

U.S. 11/15/18, 18:12

Winds that fanned a deadly, destructive Southern California firestorm were fading Thursday and more areas were reopening to residents as firefighters extended containment lines around the vast burn scar. "It's the new abnormal: fires, dryness, lack of moisture, winds," Gov. Jerry Brown said during a visit to a command post in ...

Zinke ‘100 percent confident’ he’ll be cleared in probes

Politics 11/12/18, 21:30

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke declared Monday he's "100 percent confident" no wrongdoing will be found in pending ethics investigations that have stirred speculation he could get ousted from President Donald Trump's Cabinet.The former Montana congressman and Navy SEAL faces a number of probes by Interior's inspector general, including one ...

Gianforte’s fortunes tied to Trump in Montana House race

U.S. 11/04/18, 15:10

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte is pinning his third campaign in two years on Montana residents being better off economically since President Donald Trump took office and that the voters will give him some of the credit. Gianforte has tied his political fortunes to Trump as he seeks his first full term ...

US Interior Department sets July 1 goal for reorganization

U.S. 11/01/18, 18:31

The U.S. Interior Department said Thursday it wants to have its newly reorganized regions up and running by July 1.Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's plan calls for realigning the department into 12 unified regions and relocating many decision-makers from Washington to field offices.The department has nine major sub-agencies and multiple regional ...

Arctic offshore production wells approved off Alaska’s coast

U.S. 10/24/18, 12:34

The first oil and gas production wells in federal Arctic waters have been approved by U.S. regulators.The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Wednesday announced it issued a conditional permit for the Liberty Project, a proposal by a subsidiary of Houston-based Hilcorp for production wells on an artificial island in ...

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