Environment & Energy Report

Zinke Blames ‘Radical’ Environmentalists for California Blazes

Nov. 20, 2018, 8:09 PM

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke blamed “radical” environmentalists for blocking efforts to clear forests of dead and dying trees that have fueled destructive and deadly wildfires in California.

Work to manage forests and prevent wildfires has been stymied by “lawsuit after lawsuit by—yes—the radical environmental groups that would rather burn down the entire forest than cut a single tree or thin the forest,” Zinke said during a Nov. 20 conference call with reporters.

It was the second time in recent days that Zinke has singled out environmentalists as responsible for the fires. He also did so in a Nov. 18 Breitbart...

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