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Jessica Sena: Will Ryan Zinke bring reforms while still preserving public lands?

December 27, 2016

What impact will President-Elect Trump’s pick for the Secretary of the Interior have on energy policy?

In this edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast Montana native Jessica Sena joins research fellow Isaac Orr to discuss Trump’s selection of Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke to head the Department of the Interior.

The Department of the Interior is responsible for managing roughly one-eighth of the nation’s land mass. The office is in charge of the National Parks Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and plays a pivotal role in administering the Endangered Species Act.

Under the Obama Administration, the Interior has become focused on preventing development, instead of facilitating the responsible use of natural resources. Sena and Orr discuss how Zinke will likely bring about much-needed reforms while still preserving public lands.

Isaac Orr is a policy fellow at the Center of the American Experiment on mining and energy issues and a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute. @thefrackingguy