Grassroots Opposition To Rep. Zinke for Interior Secretary Critical

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From American Landrights Association on Trump pushing advocate of Federal land acquisition as Interior Secretary:

Grassroots Opposition To Rep. Zinke for Interior Secretary Critical
Dec 18, 2016

Bad News - Donald Trump Jr. Pushing Rep. Ryan Zinke for Interior

Zinke supports LWCF (Land and Water Conservation Land Acquisition Trust Fund.)

Call your Republican Congressman at (202) 225-3121.

Call your Republican Senator to oppose Rep. Zinke. ((202) 224-3121.

Send e-mails to your Republican elected officials.

Forward this message to anyone on the Trump Transition Team.

Critical that you call anyone you know on Trump Transition Team
listed below to oppose Rep. Ryan Zinke for Interior. Rep. McMorris Rodgers is far better choice.

The Trump transition team is led by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who plans to remain governor of Indiana until his term ends on January 9, 2017.[68]

It originally had six vice-chairs, which was expanded on November 29, 2016 to thirteen vice-chairs: Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Michael Flynn (incoming National Security Advisor), Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, Jeff Sessions (incoming Attorney General), with the addition of K. T. McFarland (incoming Deputy National Security Advisor), Gov. Mary Fallin, Sen. Tim Scott, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (previously on the executive committee), Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Rep. Tom Reed, and outgoing Rep. Cynthia Lummis.[69][70][71]

The transition team also has an Executive Committee which includes:[70]
• Steve Bannon, Trump campaign CEO; named Counselor to the President on November 13
• Rep. Lou Barletta
• Rep. Marsha Blackburn (moved to vice-chair)
• Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
• Rep. Chris Collins
• Rep. Tom Marino
• Rebekah Mercer – director of the Mercer Family Foundation and daughter of major Trump (and Cruz) donor Robert Mercer.
• Steven Mnuchin ­ former partner at Goldman Sachs,[72] incoming Secretary of the Treasury
• Rep. Devin Nunes
• Reince Priebus ­ Republican National Committee chairman; named incoming White House Chief of Staff on November 13
• Anthony Scaramucci ­ Hedge-fund manager and founder of investment firm SkyBridge Capital, formerly at Goldman Sachs
• Peter Thiel – Co-founder of PayPal, now a venture capitalist involved in several groups including Clarium Capital and Founders Fund.[73]
• Donald Trump Jr.
• Eric Trump
• Ivanka Trump
• Jared Kushner the husband of Ivanka Trump and owner of the New York Observer
Additional executive committee members since November 29, 2016:
• Rep. Sean Duffy
• Rep. Trey Gowdy
• Rep. Dennis Ross
• Pastor Darrell Scott
• Kiron Skinner

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  • Posted by Owlsrayne 7 years, 6 months ago
    I don't like the the Feds owning any land. Here in Arizona they own or control way to much land. I will tell you of one local problem and how complicated it is.
    I live in Sedona in the area of the Chapel of the Holy Cross. I have had 4 near miss accidents at the intersection of the entrance to the Chapel and Fox Rd that is the entrance and exist from where I live. I tried to get the town to do something about making the Stop Signs at that intersection more visible. They sent a business like reply that they will be putting in rubble strips on the roadway and so far they have done nothing. I drove up to the Chapel and talked to the women who is the Parking Lot Supervisor. She gave the description of why nothing get's done about the traffic/parking situation:
    1. The Chapel is own by the local Catholic Church.
    2. The land the Chapel & parking lot is owned by the U.S. Forest Service but is in the exchange program which is now stalled.
    3. Yavapai County owns the roadway to the Chapel.
    4. Sedona has to go to the County for traffic flow improvements.
    5. The Sedona Police don't monitor the traffic to the Chapel on a regular basis because the city doesn't own it.
    6. If the Church owned the the land around the Chapel they could have the County Patrol enforce traffic control.

    This such insane quagmire of bureaucracy, that's why in Arizona the Fed's makes a mess of things.
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  • Posted by $ Thoritsu 7 years, 6 months ago
    Is there evidence Zinke will expand public land or just keep what we (collectively, yuk) have?
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    • Posted by 7 years, 6 months ago
      He has been openly pushing for maximizing funding of new Federal acquisitions of private property through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

      LWCF was established in 1965 authorizing the funding of acquisitions by states and Federal agencies up to $900 million per year, subject to annual Congressional appropriations. It was renewed a few years ago but only for a few more years. The viros are pushing to make the re-authorization permanent and have been pushing for years to make it an off budget entitlement not subject to Congressional appropriations at all. Zinke is part of this pressure group movement for Federal acquisition.
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      • Posted by $ Thoritsu 7 years, 6 months ago
        Yes, you educated me about this distasteful law some time ago.

        That behavior is not good. Thanks!
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        • Posted by 7 years, 6 months ago
          Most people know nothing about it.
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          • Posted by $ Thoritsu 7 years, 6 months ago
            I don't understand the support for it among a guy like that. What do they think, that they are the next Teddy Roosevelt?
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            • Posted by 7 years, 6 months ago
              Yes. He and the Trumps, especially the "Jr", are emotionally attached to the scenery and the thought of romanticized up-scale hunting and fishing expeditions. He has no concept of the proper role of government and wants to use it to impose his utopian images based on feelings. It's a classic case of abandonment of reason in politics.
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            • Posted by 7 years, 5 months ago
              The latest reports from Transitionland are that it is believed that Zinke has been told by "Kids" Don Jr and Eric Trump that he can pick his own team of under-secretaries and Directors for the Interior Dept. The list of names leaked, prepared by one of the groups for conservation and phony sportsmen for wealthy political elitists of the TR (and Kids Trump) mold, is horrible.

              These are the political appointee positions at stake:

              Deputy Secretary of the Interior
              Solicitor (head lawyer)
              Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget
              Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks
              ...NPS Director
              ...FWS Director
              Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals
              ...BLM Director
              ...BOEM Director
              ...Office of Surface Mining Director
              Assistant Secretary for Water and Science
              ...Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner
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  • Posted by $ jbrenner 7 years, 6 months ago
    Selling "public" lands ought to be at the top of Trump's agenda, but it's not. If the Sierra Club wants to keep such land away from development, make them pay for it, rather than paying a small percentage of that amount to politicians willing to do their political favors.
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    • Posted by 7 years, 6 months ago
      "Disposing", not, for the most part, "selling" to private ownership, and not to state government. The unowned lands were always supposed to be claimed by settlers using them, including natural resource development like mining. Conservatives demanding state ownership are just as bad in principle as those promoting Federal control. Both are land socialist.
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      • Posted by rbroberg 7 years, 6 months ago
        Sell them at the cost of supporting them since these lands went public. Send us a fat check.
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        • Posted by 7 years, 6 months ago
          This problem is bigger and more fundamental than the specific monetary costs of government management. It is an ongoing, fundamental attack on private property itself, and so is Donald Trump, Jr's pushing Zinke and LWCF to fund taking over more private land.
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  • Posted by 7 years, 6 months ago
    From Public Lands News:

    Trump eyes Montana’s Zinke as secretary of Interior

    The Trump administration December 13 indicated that Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) would be its nominee for the next secretary of Interior. He has generally supported commodity development of the public lands, while demanding retention of the public lands in federal ownership.

    Most famously in January 2015 Zinke told the Montana State legislature, “I will not tolerate selling our public lands.”

    More recently on June 15 in a House Natural Resources Committee mark-up he voted against a bill (HR 3650) that would have authorized the transfer of up to 2 million acres per state of national forest to a state.

    Said Zinke of the bill introduced by senior Republican Don Young (R-Alaska), “I’m starting to wonder how many times I have to tell these guys in leadership I’m not going to allow Montana’s public lands to be sold or given away.”

    On the other hand Zinke has consistently supported commodity development on the public lands. Of a final November 15 BLM rule to regulate methane emissions he said the bureau “has issued a duplicative and unnecessary rule against responsible oil and gas development in Montana and on sovereign Tribal lands. This rule is a stark reminder that we need to invest in infrastructure projects like the Keystone pipeline, so we don’t need to flare excess gas.”

    Environmentalists criticized the choice of Zinke. “While he has steered clear of efforts to sell off public lands and supported the Land and Water Conservation Fund, far more often Rep. Zinke has advanced policies that favor special interests,” said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society. “His overall record and the backdrop of cabinet nominations with close ties to the fossil fuel industry cause us grave concern.”

    But sportsmen were more enthusiastic. Said Backcountry Hunters & Anglers President Land Tawney, “As Montana’s lone representative in the House of Representatives, Mr. Zinke has showed himself to be receptive to the interests of a wide range of constituents and a potential ally of sportsmen and other outdoor recreationists. . . We’re gratified that the Trump administration is listening to our concerns and showing a willingness to act in the best interests of the American people and our irreplaceable public lands legacy.”

    As of last weekend Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) had been considered the frontrunner for the Interior position but President-elect Donald Trump’s son Donald Jr. reportedly preferred Zinke. President-elect Trump and his son have consistently advocated retention of the public lands, despite a Republican Party Platform that proposes divestiture.

    Meanwhile, the Trump administration and its Republican allies continue to gear up to reverse regulations and executive orders from the Obama administration. House and Senate Republican leaders are reportedly preparing to use a Congressional Review Act to revoke Obama regulations posted during the last half of this year.

    High on the list of possible revocations are the BLM rule governing methane emissions, an EPA rule on methane emissions, a National Park Service rule governing oil and gas development, and a Fish and Wildlife Service rule governing oil and gas development. [continued]
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    • Posted by 7 years, 6 months ago
      continuation of Trump eyes Montana’s Zinke as secretary of Interior

      Trump could also terminate a January 15 order from secretary of Interior Sally Jewell establishing a partial moratorium on the leasing of federal coal while a programmatic EIS is prepared.

      The Republican strategy would likely rely on a law called the Congressional Review Act that authorizes the House and Senate to revoke with a simple majority vote any rule enacted within the last 60 “legislative” days.

      According to an analysis prepared by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) after the election, that may apply to any regulation issued as early as May 30 of this year.

      Said the service, “The estimated start of the reset period for all rules was determined by counting back from the projected sine die adjournment in the respective chambers ­ 60 days of session in the Senate and 60 legislative days in the House ­ then taking the earlier of the two dates. Under this calculation, it is estimated by CRS that agency final rules submitted to Congress after May 30, 2016, will be subject to renewed review periods in 2017 by President Trump and the 115th Congress.”

      The Congressional Research Service report is available at:

      In addition to the Congressional Review Act, on November 17 the House approved a separate bill (HR 5982) that would allow Congress to revoke any rule issued during the last year. The Senate did not act on the measure but Congress may be tempted to take it up again next year.

      Revocation of those regulations is child’s play compared to a recommendation House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) reportedly forwarded to the Trump transition team December 5. Bishop said that President Trump should roll back noxious national monument designations (see following article.)

      His immediate target is a widely anticipated designation by President Obama of a Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah. But he also told the Utah press that Trump could by executive order reverse the 1996 designation of a 1.7 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah by then President Clinton.

      But some scholars believe a President would have no such reversal authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906. The Congressional Research Service said in its report:

      “No President has ever abolished or revoked a national monument proclamation, so the existence or scope of any such authority has not been tested in courts. However, some legal analyses since at least the 1930s have concluded that the Antiquities Act, by its terms, does not authorize the President to repeal proclamations, and that the President also lacks implied authority to do so.”

      At least one candidate for the boss of a line agency has come forward – Utah House Rules Chairman Michael E. Noel (R) as BLM director. Noel is a champion of the campaign in Utah to have 31 million acres of federal land transferred to the state.

      For all the commotion about the transition, little is still being said about substantive outdoor policy. The one thing Trump does advocate is energy development, particularly from the federal lands. He promises to unleash oil, gas, coal and oil shale producers on the public lands. Zinke may fit that ambition.

      Almost certainly the top Trump priorities – lower taxes, more infrastructure spending, more Defense spending – would require massive spending reductions for domestic programs, including the public lands.

      While the nation’s focus was on the Presidential contest in the November 8 elections, 17 Senate seats were on the ballot and early results indicated that Republicans had retained a majority of 52-to-48. Among key Senate and House committee and subcommittee chairmen and ranking Democratic minority members, almost all are expected to be back. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) was the most influential park and rec policy senator up for re-election and she won with ease.
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  • Posted by 7 years, 6 months ago
    Subject: POLITICO's Morning Briefing

    How the Trump team shifted to Zinke for Interior

    Politico: By Anthony Adragna | 12/15/2016 10:00 AM EDT
    With help from Annie Snider and Darius Dixon

    CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? The hook and bullet crowd appears to have a line into President-elect Donald Trump's administration on environmental issues if the selection of Rep. Ryan Zinke for Interior secretary is any indication, Pro's Esther Whieldon and Annie Snider report .

    Zinke was among the names groups floated to the president-elect's oldest son Donald Trump Jr., who is himself an avid sportsman. Fears among hunters and anglers about Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' (R-Wash.) stance on public lands likely contributed to her star fading in Trump Tower.

    "There was some negative reaction to some of the names that were put forward and those comments were shared all the way to the very, very top," said Collin O'Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation.

    Other potential candidates included Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. Tester ally's hidden role in Zinke pick: Trump Jr., a lifetime member of the group Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, "repeatedly" and "consistently" brought up that group's opposition to McMorris Rodgers appointment to Interior secretary in a meeting with the Washington congresswoman,

    POLITICO's Kevin Robillard reports. A PAC and nonprofit run by the group's leader, Land Tawney, spent millions helping moderate Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester win reelection in 2012. But Tawney said it wasn't politics that led his group to promote Zinke for the Interior slot, but actually the freshman Republican's opposition to selling of public lands. Tawney did say he planned on supporting Tester's reelection in 2018, but added "I'll do it as a private citizen."

    I hope the very real concerns about Zinke make it back to the Trump campaign. Trump has made very aggressive, pro-business appointments for most other agencies, most notably EPA. But EPA’s rampant abuse of power and tyrannical control over private land is a rather recent phenomenon.

    The practice was first perfected by the Corp of Engineers, National Park Service, National Fish and Wildlife Service, BLM and USFS­all departments of the DOI and USDA. It appears the Trump transition team is reserving those two agencies as the throw away appointments with Zinke (for Don Jr.) and the likely appointment of a Democratic Senator from North Dakota for USDA.

    I believe these two Departments need to be treated with the same level of concern as EPA but they are not getting the attention in transition EPA is receiving. It is irrelevant that DOI and USDA USFS manage federal land totaling one-third of the Nation’s land.

    Those federal lands are littered with numerous property interests in mineral and energy resources, private and public 1866 Mining Act rights of ways, vested water rights, forage rights, private improvements, and numerous inholdings.

    For years federal bureaucrats have been systematically doing their level best to eradicate any private interest in those lands in an American version of the Scottish Clan land clearances. Nevada for all practical purposes is a colony of Washington DC. If these two agencies aren’t treated seriously, Trump's efforts to drain the swamp will miss the rural West.
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