Fmr. Secy. of Interior Zinke criticizes Biden’s OPEC request

(Cliff Owen | AP file photo) In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke speaks at EPA headquarters in Washington. Newly-departed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he's been truthful with investigators looking into numerous ethics complaints against him and has no knowledge of a report that he lied. Zinke's comments came after The Washington Post reported Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, that the Justice Department's public integrity section was examining whether he lied to investigators from Interior's office of inspector general.

In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke speaks at EPA headquarters in Washington. (Cliff Owen, AP file photo)

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UPDATED 3:28 PM PT – Friday, August 13, 2021

Former Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke criticized Joe Biden’s latest request of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). During an interview on Thursday, Zinke said the U.S. is letting other countries take advantage of its energy needs, especially after canceling the Keystone Pipeline.

He added under the Trump administration, America became the largest energy producer in the world. However, Zinke lamented the U.S. is giving foreign allies the advantage of producing energy on their soil. Additionally, forfeiting the ability to profit from and regulate the world’s energy.

“The Biden administration cancels the Keystone Pipeline, but supports Russian pipelines. This policy is anti-American, and it puts the nation at greater risk as far as national security goes,” said Zinke. “Environmentally, it is better to produce energy in this country under reasonable regulation than watching it get produced overseas with no regulation.”

Zinke’s comments come as he prepares to run for Montana’s newly added Congressional seat, where he claims to have endorsement from President Trump.

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