Zinke's hearing set for Tuesday

  • Zinke's hearing set for Tuesday

Zinke's hearing set for Tuesday

"I think where there is debate on it is [asking] what that influence is and what can we do about it".

"I'm not a climate scientist expert, but I can tell you I will become a lot more familiar with it".

Zinke, an admirer of President Theodore Roosevelt, said management of federal lands should be done under a "multiple-use" model set forth by Gifford Pinchot, a longtime Roosevelt associate and the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service.

Climate change: In light of the president-elect's longstanding skepticism about mankind contributing to climate change, senators are likely to try to pin down Zinke on this issue.

President-elect Trump's pick for Interior Secretary is promising to be a responsible steward of public lands.

It's been awhile since "I'm not a scientist" was the go-to line for Republican politicians confronted with uncomfortable questions about climate change.

Zinke responded that he does believe the "climate is changing" and cited his own experience of watching glaciers in Montana's Glacier National Park recede.

As Zinke's testimony continued, the Center for Biological Diversity released a statement saying that Zinke would be a "disaster" for the nation's public lands, and the animals and people that depend on them.

"The second thing is man has had an influence. I think that's the better solution going forward: all-of-the-above energy". "I believe we should be prudent to be prudent". That means I don't know definitively.

"Actually", Sanders interjected, "there's not a lot of debate". "The scientific community is virtually unanimous that climate change is real and causing devastating problems. There is debate on this committee, but not within the scientific community", Sanders said. "Is climate change a hoax?"

In prepared remarks for his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Zinke said his father and the Boys Scouts taught him the principles of environmental stewardship and the importance of public access to public lands.

"We need an economy".

Zinke's appointment to hold sway over the nation's federal lands and natural resources is hailed by many as a boon for conservation and public lands in Montana and nationwide, while others are unpacking the Congressman's checkered voting history and support for aggressive energy-exploration policies as a portent for a polluter-friendly administration led by Trump, who has pledged to roll back regulations and unleash a torrent of fossil-fuel energy production.

"I'm an all the above energy-and I want to be honest with you - I'm all the above", Zinke said.

Zinke also pledged to tackle an estimated $12 billion backlog in maintenance and fix at national parks, saying parks and other public lands should be a key part of Trump's infrastructure improvement plan.