More often than not, Rep. Zinke's voting record has followed the anti-conservation standard set by the rest of President-elect Trump's cabinet. He has sowed doubt about the well-established science of climate change, fought efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tried to halt long-overdue efforts to reform the federal coal leasing process.
Decision by U.S. Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture stops renewal of leases for sulfide-ore mining in the Boundary Waters’ watershed that could have contaminated the wilderness’ lakes and rivers.
The Wilderness Society has signed on to a statement of solidarity with leaders from conservation groups nationwide, pledging to oppose hatred and abuses of human and civil rights and asking that President-elect Trump, in representing all Americans, ensure that "all his nominees and appointees honor fundamental civil rights and embody civility befitting the offices for which they have been selected."
Some of the most important climate and energy achievements of the last eight years—including many that were Wilderness Society priorities—will be on the chopping block the moment President-elect Trump settles into the Oval Office. It will be more important than ever to stand up and let our lawmakers know what is important to us.
Trump has picked a leading climate denier, Myron Ebell, to lead the transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Ebell is also said to be in contention to head the agency itself. On the campaign trail, Trump said he may "cut" the EPA, but giving Ebell any authority over it may be just as bad.