Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Dismisses Private Plane Controversy CSPAN September 30, 2017 12:16am-12:52am EDT
secretary tom price has resigned. "i resignation reads in part spent four years as a doctor and public servant putting people first. i regret recent events have created a distraction." the white house said effective tonight deputy assistant don wright will serve as acting hhs secretary. interior secretary ryan zinke the talked about the trump administration policies aimed at increasing domestic energy production. he addressed reports he had taken multiple trips in private planes and air travel since becoming secretary. posted by the heritage foundation, this is just over 30 minutes.
officer. he grew up near montana, where he developed a lifelong appreciation for conserving america's natural beauty while honoring teddy roosevelt's vision of multiple use of our public lands. in theconsistently congress and not as secretary led efforts to renew the land and water conservation fund. also has been a firm advocate for our nation's sportsmen to gain access to public lands through the score act and share act. also has been a firm advocate for ourhe has been involved in e host of oper -- host of other activities i am sure he will share with us. in 1985 he was commissioned as an officer in the united states navy, earned his trident as a navy seal, where he served with distinction until he retired in 2008. several tors, including acting
as deputy and acting commander of joint special forces in iraq, six, theseal team first navy seal collected to the u.s. house of representatives. he has an agency with over 70,000 employees who are stewards for 20% of our nation's lands, including national parks, monuments, wildlife refuges, and other public lands. thedepartment oversees responsible development of conventional and renewable energy supplies on public lands and public waters. he is the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 western states. upholding responsibilities to the 567 federally recognized american indian tribes and alaskan natives. he holds a degree in geology from the university of oregon,
masters degree in business and finance. it is my very great pleasure to ask secretary zemke to come up and share his policy views with us. mr. secretary? >> [applause] ask secretary zemke>> welcome b. secretary zinke: thank you doc champion ofg a conservative values, and also for hiring my good friend. before we get started, i would like to address a little champif b.s. ontive travel. i just want to read a little statement so you have it. i believe taxpayers absolutely have the right to know official travel costs. and at the sense, department we make those documents and my travel schedule available to everyone.
using tax dollars wisely and ethically, it is the greatest responsibility, and it is at the heart of good government. there are times however, when we have to utilize charter services, because we often travel in areas that are under circumstances that we don't have other flight options. i fly coach. since being sworn in, i have used a charter on three occasions. the first occasion was being invited on a bipartisan congressional delegation by the senate energy and national resources committee in the arctic circle. senatornow, the alaskan and murkowski is the chair, i find her company and her withation to be consistent
the department of energy's, or department of interior's policies. number two, flying late at night in the great state of montana on invitation to meet the great with the department of energy's,govef montana, and to speak at the western governors association the next morning. number three, traveling to and between the islands of the united states virgin islands. as you are aware, interior has the federal oversight of the territories from the virgin islands to palau. the virgin islands are part of that. i accepted the invitation to be part of their 100th anniversary of the transition of power between them and america. i was privileged to attend the
ceremonies with the prime minister of denmark. i also took military air with secretary perdue so he and i could go out and meet with wild farmland cruise in montana as the fires happened year after year. i might remind you, we also lost a firefighter fighting those fighters. i also fly military air with the president and the vice president, when asked by invitation. i intend to continue flying in the benefit and on official duties. all this travel was done only after it was determined by multiple career professionals that no commercial options existed to meet the promulgated schedule. as importantly, these lights were only booked after extensive due diligence by the career
professionals in the department of general law and ethics division. i submitme i travel, the travel plan to the ethics department, that evaluated line by line to make sure i am above the law and i follow the law. of course we are always -- lookng to look away at ways to lower costs and the department, and to increase revenues. i will be always honest and upfront about my travel. in fact, you can follow me on twitter. so if you follow me on twitter, you knew i travel to suburban from valley forge this morning. besides, let's go to here -- energy.
as our nation stands today, we are at an energy crossroads. there are here -- energy. versions for our twoone sidefuture in energy. believes we should retreat into a fortress of regulation and red tape, where foreign nations take the lead as america drowns itself in process and procedure. this is not the vision of president trump. going forward, participation in the global energy market will protect and defend american sovereignty, and not surrender it. our decisions will be guided by our flag, and not knee to anyone. america is exceptional. believes intration american energy dominance. energy dominance is different than energy independence. our goal is an america that is the strongest energy superpower
this world has
ever known. our country has inherited an country froment previous generations. and in recent years, we have struggled to be self-sufficient in producing low-cost abundant and reliable energy. but a new era is dawning. with american leadership, innovation, and good ideas, our and reliable energy. but a new era ischallenge will y dominance on to our children and grandchildren. after president trump, we will put america first. we will put american's energy first. as the chief steward of our public lands, my job is to make sure that all americans have a voice. that all americans have a voice. i hear that voice loud and clear. our government must restore the
promise of our energy economy for a stronger, more secure america. and i can assure you today not the war on american -- that the war on american energy is over. to bring back the american dream to every american family, we have to restore trust in our federal government. you may be wondering why the secretary of interior is here speaking to you today about energy. vastior's portfolio is . it stretches 12 time zones from andvirgin islands to palau of our nation territories. nine bureaus have energy programs and responsibilities. these programs include oil, gas c,oal, hydroelectric, wind, solar and geothermal, and
wireless. -- and of our nation territories. nine bureaus have energy programs and responsibilities. biomass. we have a responsibility to be fair and transparent in the energy sector. that is not how our government has operated in the last eight years. permitting applications often sat on the desk of regulators in washington for month and months, and in some cases, peers. meanwhile local economies suffered as the focus on bureaucracy over prosperity delayed jobs and present -- and prevented wealth that american energy promised to bring. with president trump in office, we are looking at how we can be a better business partner with industry, and we are finding es withoutt to y sacrificing our stewardship responsibilities. one of our biggest problems with the permitting process has been how many bureaus and agencies have to independently evaluate and sign off before a project
was approved. the system was broke. let me give you an example. if you have a trout and salmon in the same stream, and upstream you have a dam, and downstream the waters are used for irrigation. the seminar managed -- salmon are managed by the department of commerce, the trout through fish and wildlife and interior. upstream, the dam water flows and temperature is monitored by our friends at the army corps of engineers. downstream, the irrigation is controlled by the bureau of reclamation. each of these government agencies have great people, but eight of them oftentimes have their own -- have four biological opinions, and two will not be reconcilable. we are going to fix this problem at interior by changing the structure and learning how to the joint. our government needs to learn to
our american workers, our public lands, and making sure that we protect the values that have made america great. the trump administration will not streamline at the expense of security. we will not streamline at the expense of the environment. we will not streamline at the expense of safety. we will streamline at the expense of getting the job done as america expects us to do. we are committed to better cooperation and partnership with industry to expand responsible development while holding our industry partners absolutely accountable. the strict safety and environmental standards will welcome innovation rather than creating regulation that prevents it. regulation should be grounded on science and careful analysis, and not agenda and ideology.
and the consequences that has, i invite you to take a tour with me of the middle east and africa. i can assure you america leads , inworld in innovation regulation that makes sure our energy is done right, period. we are the model for the world. the second is national security. america's strength relies on american energy. i don't want to see us ever be held hostage to a foreign country to heat our homes and power this nation. note, i don't want to ever see your children have to fight overseas for a commodity we have here. i have been to battle. i never want your children to see what i've seen.
here,can produce energy with responsibility, that is a better course. and frankly, as a former military officer, i am concerned about iran. i'm concerned about their developed of ballistic missiles and nuclear capability. threat, and it is better to have options to andess iran economically not just militarily. that economic leverage of being able to supplant every drop of crude that iran produces is a leverage. energy dominance is part of that. prosperity.rican jobs matter. there is a social cost of not having a job. hard-working americans deserve
energy mind and produced by american hands will make america great again. willcan energy dominance require and all of the above energy strategy. all of the above. it is not just oil and gas and coal. but through innovation, advances in technology, energy can be the benefit of all of us. one of the hardest places hit in the last administration was in west virginia. eight months ago, west mines were closing and jobs were being ripped away. under this administration, west virginia is roaring back. we recently celebrated the ,pening of the berwyn mine which brought back economic security and hope.
offact, in the first quarter 2017, west virginia was second in the nation in gdp. communities in my home were hurt.ntana i come from a railroad and timber town. towns want to see small , it stripped, no jobs affects a lot of small communities. i can tell you the administration's war on coal and mining and timber and the ability for a local community to have opportunity and to use our public lands for wealth, but .esponsibly
mining was up 20% nationally in the first quarter. in gdp, now stands at 3.1% this quarter. 3.1% this quarter. we are also making progress in oil and gas. the trump administration has offered more onshore oil and gas leases in the first six months of 2017 than the previous administration did in all of 2016. we've held the first successful inlet, and inok the gulf of mexico we are going to announce that oil and gas leases will be greatly expanded. under previous administrations, 94% of our offshore was made
off-limits. this includes our resources in the great state of alaska. under president trump's leadership, we have initiated a five-year plan to open up more areas for oil and gas exploration and development. the road to energy dominance goes through the great state of alaska. this year we had our first successful bid in the cook inlet and over 20 years. 1/3 of theyou with alaskan population employed by we oil and gas industry, have investigated the national oil reserve in alaska that was specifically set aside for congress to evaluate. specifically set i said -- set aside by congress to evaluate. doing seismic operations and
looking at doing the inventory of what this nation has is the responsibility of the department of interior, and i take it seriously. also take it seriously to make sure we have a proper balance between conservation and using our public lands wisely. and before i went to alaska signed my secretarial order, i'm at with the mayor of alaska's north slope. he expressed to me and knows -- in no uncertain terms how positive this administration has been in alaska's rural population. the last administration turned their back on these patriotic and enormous proud people. as department of the interior secretary, they have the right to make their own decisions.
lands loves our public more than i. montana, the foothills of glacier national park. see is why i am glad to they are opening up new possibilities that didn't exist before. the pads are smaller in footprint. directional drilling and gps technology are allowing us to do things we never thought possible. i am a former geologist. i say former because when i went to school, i was taught that we were going to be out of oil in 2003. that's not possible. with fracking. we have better computing. we have better precision. we can do it right.
improve forfracking higher pressures and temperatures producing greater energy yields, and the process is safer, and in many cases athin two or three inches 10,000 feet with a horizontal miles. and time again, this administration does not pick winners and losers. we don't. i've also looked at exciting technologies and see progress being made in renewables and cleaner energy like wind, solar, and hydropower. those are equally important, but they also have to be market-driven and at a cost point where they are competitive. some of that is investing in more research and develop. we are close on some
breakthrough technologies in battery storage. but until we are, we have to use the resources we have. we are going to probably be this year number one in oil and gas. be ayear we will likely next exporter in liquid and natural gas. our nation will continue, i am convinced, to increase market share, and we have a great opportunity to fuel the world. stewardship of our public lands, i take seriously. i understand that our public lands are our greatest treasures. i think we should manage our public lands for the benefit and enjoyment of the people. if you have ever been to yellowstone national park, that's what it says on the arch, "for the benefit and
enjoyment of the people." this means energy development and hunting and fishing and camping and habitat and protection and other forms of outdoor recreation are all part of conservation. the american conservation ethic is using best science and best practices, and using the land for the greatest good for the greatest number in the long run. that is the american conservation ethic. the revenue that energy generates from lease sales, one sugar member it funds things and waterand conservation fund, hunting and fishing licenses, and the purchase of ammunition. it cost about $2.2 billion last year in conservation.
if you go back to 2008, interior but was the number two revenue generator in the government behind our friends at the irs. in revenue we produced about $18 billion a year just in offshore oil and gas. it was a banner year. last year we produced $2.6 billion a year. that is a drop of $15 billion a year of revenue. when i look at our national parks, we are $11.5 billion behind in maintenance and repair. our wildlife systems about $3 billion behind in needed maintenance and repair. on scale, a loss of $15 billion
in revenue would have made up an entire backlog of maintenance and given us a significant opportunity to reinvest and recapitalize in a lot of areas we need in one year. that is the scale of what occurred. that is the consequence of putting 94% of our offshore holdings off-limits, and even making the national petroleum reserve unavailable for development. i think a renewed focus on working together with industry can and should benefit our parks and public lands as we address how as a nation to fund our parks. as a military officer, i'll we -- i always thought our government has two principal responsibilities. one is to fund the military.
the other is to fund our national parks. our national parks are not a republican or democrat or independent issue. they are a national and american issue. they are worthy of our support. so our solemn obligation, my solemn obligation as secretary of interior, is to take better care of those treasures and maintain them as a great nation should. the american comeback story i think has waited too long to be written. with president trump in office, our country is winning again. energy, quite frankly, is driving the bus. i think we will stand shoulder to shoulder as united american
people, and we should be proud that our country was given the resources and energy we have, so we should be proud that our energy industry is innovative as they are. with stronger infrastructure and a new approach to energy development, i think jobs are returning to this country and america truly will be great again. thank you, and god bless. [applause] >> thank you mr. secretary. we will post today's program on the heritage webpage for future reference. we are adjourned. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017]
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