Cantwell Statement On Zinke’s Unintentional Document Dump

Documents show Trump administration ignoring benefits of protecting public lands

Washington, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-WA) made the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s decision to dismiss evidence that protecting public lands increases tourism and contributes to the outdoor recreation economy to emphasize logging, ranching, and energy development:  

“The fact that the Trump administration places no value on the booming recreation economy that generates over $887 billion annually is no surprise to those of us who have been watching their shameful record of exploiting our public lands over the last two years. This ‘drill at all costs’ approach is wrong for our economy and wrong for the environment.”