US lands agency makeover would diminish Washington’s power

  • In this undated file photo, the sun sets as Mount McKinley casts its reflection on Reflection Pond at the west end of Denali National Park Road in Denali Park, Alaska. US Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke said Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, that he wants to reorganize the agency that oversees vast public lands and energy resources in the West. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke disclosed Friday in an Associated Press interview that he’s revamping a sweeping overhaul of his department that’s supposed to speed up permitting for development on public lands, but Democrats asserted it was just a ploy to let the energy industry get its way.

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