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Audubon Responds to Secretary Zinke’s Resignation: He Never Found a Balance

Zinke never found a balance; his successor could

Washington, D.C. (December 15, 2018) “Secretary Zinke’s job was to balance development interests with protecting public lands and wildlife. He got it half right, taking care of special interests at the expense of conservation. The investigations he’s facing also suggest he didn’t know the difference between right and wrong,” said David Yarnold, President and CEO of National Audubon Society (@david_yarnold). "There’s a chance for his successor to reverse Zinke’s mistakes. We don’t have to undermine bedrock wildlife laws that protect birds and endangered species, sell off public lands to the highest bidder and open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. It’s right to live by the truth and to treasure nature’s gifts.”


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