Secretary of the Interior

Solar Companies Warn of 'Great Economic Pain' as Trump Turns to Tariffs

President Donald Trump's administration has announced plans to hike tariffs on imported solar panels by as much as 30 percent – a protectionist pivot …

Economics

Trump Admin Explains Offshore Drilling Flip by Saying Florida’s ‘Coastal Currents’ Are Different

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke defended his surprise decision to exempt Florida waters from the Trump administration’s push for new offshore drilling, …

Ryan Zinke

Trump Administration Paves Way for Road Through Alaskan Wildlife Refuge

<b>Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this segment</b><p>On Monday, the Trump Administration approved a deal that would allow for a proposed road to run through Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.<p>Locals have fought for the road for decades, saying it was the only safe way to access the closest …

Ryan Zinke

Trump’s energy juggernaut faces a more daunting Year 2

Legal challenges and market forces will have a lot to say about the success or failure of his pro-fossil-fuel agenda.<p>President Donald Trump has resurrected the Keystone XL pipeline, renounced the Paris climate agreement, opened a long-disputed Alaska refuge to oil drilling and ordered his agencies …

Climate

Zinke’s Scandal Plagued Week Continues

<b>Washington, DC</b> -- Today, the Department of the Interior dismissed a reporter’s inquiry on whether a department staffer -- and the daughter of a …

Ryan Zinke

Dickson Library gets digital grant as rural broadband talks heat up

CLOSE<p>Highlights from Donald Trump's speech at the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention<p>The Dickson County Library was recently awarded a state …

Middle Tennessee

DONNA SHALALA might run for Congress — Why shutdown politics suck — Zinke on defense after zigzag — OOPS: Florida voter data breach — Hurricane Maria’s sick legacy

<b>By Marc Caputo</b> (mcaputo@politico.com; @MarcACaputo) and <b>Matt Dixon</b> (mdixon@politico.com; @Mdixon55), with <b>Emily Goldberg</b> (egoldberg@politico.com; @ejgold94) and the staff of POLITICO Florida<p><b>SHALALA FOR CONGRESS?</b> <b>—</b> Former University of Miami president and Clinton World insider Donna Shalala might be …

Florida

10 Ways the Trump White House Has Waged War On Smart Climate Policy

Since the inauguration one year ago, this administration has been a whirlwind of environmental threats, so let’s take a moment to reflect on what has …

Climate

Confusion Reigned at Semi-Shut-Down National Parks

During the government shutdown, visitors to public lands encountered locked doors, deserted parks and ambiguous instructions.<p>The third weekend in …

National Parks

Is Trump Becoming Self-Aware?

The president’s reported criticism of Cabinet members Wilbur Ross and Ryan Zinke strikes directly at some of his own shortcomings.<p>Taking a job with Donald Trump means agreeing to sometimes be attacked by Donald Trump. This week’s victims are Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Commerce Secretary …

Politics

While Yellowstone’s staff was furloughed, a snowmobiler got way too close to Old Faithful

Tourists on a commercial snowmobile broke park rules by driving too close to Yellowstone National Park’s iconic Old Faithful geyser Sunday, park officials confirmed, at a time when most staff was furloughed during the partial government shutdown.<p>In an interview Monday, park superintendent Dan Wenk …

News

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Held Onto Undisclosed Shares In Gun Company

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is a shareholder in a private Montana company that manufactures and sells firearms and advanced weapons materials, a financial interest he did not disclose when nominated last year.<p>In response to inquiries from HuffPost, both Zinke and the company, PROOF Research Inc., …

Ryan Zinke

California Shows How to Beat Trump, Now and in November

It’s now just a year since the inauguration. In that year no party, no lobby, no organization has been as formidable an adversary to the Washington …

Liberal View

Puerto Rico's Governor Announces Plan To Privatize Island's Troubled Electric Utility

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló says he is moving to sell off the U.S. territory's public power company, as nearly a third of the island's electric customers remain without power four months after Hurricane Maria struck the island on Sept. 20.<p>Rosselló said Monday that it might take 18 months to …

Politics

8 things to know about the government shutdown

On January 19th, Congress failed to pass a bill to fund the federal government, triggering a shutdown. The jury is still out on whose fault the …

Government

Offshore Drilling Still on the Table for Florida

Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke's controversial decision to take Florida out of his proposed plan to greatly expand offshore drilling is causing clashes …

Ryan Zinke

The Atlantic Daily: Election Fallout, Cabinet Criticism, Feeding the World

And more<p>What We’re Following<p><b>Partisan Problems:</b> A new report on the Twitter activity of Russian trolls illustrates the dangers of President Trump’s divisive rhetoric, writes Conor Friedersdorf. As Germany’s center-left Social Democratic Party begins negotiations to form a coalition with Angela …

J. K. Rowling

America’s parks and public lands suffer another loss under Trump

While not surprising, it’s still troubling that nearly all of the bipartisan experts serving on the National Park System Advisory Board felt …

National Parks

Why the Statue of Liberty and Grand Canyon Are Still Open During the Shutdown

The last time the government shut down, in 2013, the Obama administration was attacked for closing national parks, monuments, and museums. This time, …

Leadership

What’s Ryan Zinke been up to lately?

The Secretary of the Interior is always busy, relentlessly shaping the future of our public lands! Let’s check in:<p>Less than a week after the Trump …

Ryan Zinke

Trump Sparred With Ross Last Year Over Slow Pace of Trade Action

President Donald Trump grew frustrated with Wilbur Ross last year over the pace of trade negotiations and action against China, upset that his …

World Leaders

Cooper: North Carolina residents must keep fighting drilling

Gov. Roy Cooper is urging North Carolina residents to contact the federal government and express their opposition to expanding offshore oil and gas …

Business

Slog AM: Cashier-less 'Amazon Go' Store Opens for Seattle Public, Some Puerto Ricans Get Power

Will 'Amazon Go' change your shopping experience? by Nathalie GrahamThe future: fewer workers. Amazon<b>An announcement</b>: We're spicing things up for …

Seattle

Can they do that? Conservation groups say feds could be vulnerable to Izembek lawsuit

Will Monday's agreement to advance the proposed road through a remote Southwest Alaska wildlife refuge stand up in court?Even before the deal's …

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Will Trump’s offshore oil plans prove toxic for GOP incumbents in California?

As coastal Republicans in Florida and the Carolinas lobby the Trump administration to exempt their states from new offshore oil drilling plans, their …

Ryan Zinke

Holds on Energy and Environment Nominees Pile Up — Again

Procedural roadblocks reflect concerns about Trump administration policies<p>A series of energy- and environment-related nominees are stuck in limbo as …

Politics

Scoop: Trump turns on his Interior Secretary

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke went “rogue,” per one source. And President Trump isn’t happy about it.<p>Two weeks ago, Zinke made an announcement that …

Ryan Zinke

Democrats, GOP exchange charges of blame for shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress are trying to dodge blame for a paralyzing standoff over immigration and showing few signs of progress on negotiations needed to end a government shutdown.<p>The finger-pointing played out in both the House and Senate, where lawmakers …

U.S. Politics

Zinke signs land-swap deal allowing road through Alaska’s Izembek wilderness

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed a land-swap agreement Monday to allow a small, remote Alaska town to construct a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, a vast wilderness area that has been protected for decades.<p>The signing ceremony at Interior …

Ryan Zinke

Gov't Shutdown Triggered Cut-Off of One Major Connection to Troops Overseas — Then Boeing Stepped In

When budget disagreements on Capitol Hill result in a shutdown of the government's “nonessential” operations, it can often be surprising what …

Conservative View