Zinke Wins Center's Rubber Dodo Award
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is the winner of the Center's annual Rubber Dodo award. The statue is awarded each year to the person or group who has most aggressively sought to destroy America's natural heritage or drive endangered species extinct.
In his short tenure with the Trump administration, Zinke and his agency have announced massive cuts to two national monuments, opened bidding for the largest oil lease-sale ever offered in Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve, overturned Obama's moratorium on federal coal leasing, proposed a staggering increase in offshore drilling off America's coasts, and denied lifesaving protections to the Pacific walrus.
"Ryan Zinke seems to wake up every day wondering how he can tear apart America's public lands, ramp up oil and gas development and put endangered species on a fast track to extinction," said Kierán Suckling, the Center's executive director.
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