Zinke: One-third of Interior employees not loyal to Trump - and that’s a problem Zinke wants to confront.
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WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday that nearly one-third of employees at his department are not loyal to him and President Donald Trump, adding that he is working to change the department’s regulatory culture to be more business friendly.

Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, said he knew when he took over the 70,000-employee department in March that, “I got 30 percent of the crew that’s not loyal to the flag.” (What? Their flag!?  The flag of the nimrod oligarch who wants to turn the USA into the Corporation of Amerika.)

In a speech to an oil industry group, Zinke compared Interior to a pirate ship that captures “a prized ship at sea and only the captain and the first mate row over” to finish the mission. ...

To remedy that, Zinke said he is pursuing a major reorganization that would push much of the agency’s decision-making outside Washington and move several agencies, including the Bureau of Reclamation and Bureau of Land Management, to undetermined Western states.

The moves follow military strategy, Zinke said: “Push your generals where the fight is.”

While details remain largely under wraps, Zinke said he was excited.

“It’s going to be huge,” he said in a speech to the National Petroleum Council, an advisory committee that includes leaders of the oil and gas industry. “I really can’t change the culture without changing the structure.”

Besides moving employees, Zinke said he wants to speed up permits for oil drilling, logging and other energy development that now can take years.

“The president wants it yesterday,” Zinke said, referring to permits for energy development. “We have to do it by the law.” ...

Given that Democrats seeming as limp and tongue tied as ever, and Americans lazy acceptance of the Trump madness,
hang on it’s going to get worse than you dare imagine.

A healthy democracy demands an informed and engaged electorate.

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Meet the Four Horsemen of the EPA-pocalypse

By Mary Anne Hitt
Tuesday Sep 19, 2017
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/9/19/1699811/-Meet-the-Four-Horsemen-of-the-EPA-pocalypse

This Wednesday, September 20, the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works will decide whether to confirm Bill Wehrum to lead the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, David Ross as chief of the EPA’s Office of Water, and Michael Dourson to head up the agency’s chemical safety programs. Later this month, they will hold a hearing on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler as EPA’s Deputy Administrator, the agency’s second-in-command.

We can thank EPA administrator Scott Pruitt for these four horsemen of the EPA-pocalypse—
four people who will gladly choose polluters over public health and clean air and water standards every time.

For more details check out the article.

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