When half a million Americans ask our government to halt implementing a destructive policy that threatens our health, economic vitality and the well-being of future generations, you’d think the government would pay attention. Isn’t it the government’s job, after all, to protect the American people?

Apparently, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke doesn’t think so. Recently, in yet another unabashed move to support the oil and gas industry’s wishes, he overturned common-sense regulations (the BLM Methane Waste Prevention Rule) that would require oil and gas companies to easily capture leaking and flaring methane emissions.

In doing so, the administration is promoting the waste of $1 billion of natural gas and increasing harmful pollutants that impact Utahns’ everyday quality of life.

How does that make America great?

Lauren Wood, Salt Lake City

Co-owner of Holiday River Expeditions