"Since taking office in February, Ross has surprised fisheries managers and stakeholders by directly intervening in federal fisheries decisions leaving many wondering whether the Secretary’s atypical approach might be the new norm."
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Interviews with energy industry representatives indicate that the effort by the Trump administration to open new areas to oil and gas drilling will likely help wind power companies more than oil producers.
"In the week since the Washington Post published Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s secret final report on national monuments, a staggering number of falsehoods and misleading claims have come to light. The errors, taken in whole, suggest the entire report is nothing more than a pretext to open protected public lands and waters to extractive industries like coal, oil, timber, and industrial-scale fishing, with little attention paid to scientific accuracy."
Despite temporarily suspending the Merchant Marine Act (i.e. Jones Act) after hurricanes Harvey and Irma decimated the mainland US, the Trump Administration will not suspend the Act to aid Puerto Rico.
As far as marine monuments goes, Zinke recommends shrinking both the Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll monuments (and possibly opening both to commercial fishing and oil drilling), while Northeast Canyons and Seamounts monument should be opened to commercial fishing.
"Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump modify 10 national monuments created by his immediate predecessors, including shrinking the boundaries of at least four western sites, according to a copy of the report obtained by The Washington Post."
The EPA has funded the Bay Journal, a newspaper reporting on environmental issues in the Chesapeake Bay region since 1991. Now that the Journal is criticizing the Trump administration's environmental priorities, the agency has abruptly cut its funding.