||"A historical political resource."
Ryan Zinke refers to himself as a geologist. That's a job he's never held.
|Last Edited||RP Apr 17, 2018 09:25am|
|News Date||Tuesday, April 17, 2018 11:15:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||Defending his decision to shrink the Bears Ears national monument to lawmakers last week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke fell back one of his favorite credentials. |
"I'm a geologist," he said. "I can assure you that oil and gas in Bears Ears was not part of my decision matrix. A geologist will tell you there is little, if any, oil and gas."
Zinke, however, has never held a job as a geologist.
"I studied geology as a result of closing my eyes and randomly pointing to a major from the academic catalog, and I never looked back. I am just glad I did not find electronics," he wrote
Several geologists who CNN has spoken with have flagged his comments as disingenuous, saying that someone with a 34-year-old degree who never worked in the field is not considered a geologist.
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