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RESPONSE to Interior Secretary Zinke’s attacks on Interior Department employees

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

DENVER—In speeches to the National Petroleum Council and the National Clean Energy Week symposium, Interior Secretary Zinke made claims that one-third of Interior Department employees are not loyal to President Trump and that public lands are best suited for drilling and mining, while solar energy should stick to rooftops. In response, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala:

“Secretary Zinke clearly views our parks and public lands as a battlefield and himself as a general fighting on behalf of oil and gas companies. In the past two days, he has declared war on his own agency in front of oil executives and told clean energy groups that public lands are best suited for drilling.

“Less than a year into the job, Secretary Zinke has abandoned Western values in an attempt to drill, mine and log our public lands at all costs.”


For more information, visit To speak with an expert on public lands, contact Aaron Weiss at 720-279-0019 or

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