President-elect Trump's pick for Interior Secretary is promising to be a responsible steward of public lands.

FOX's Jared Halpern has more from Capitol Hill:

Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke says climate change is not a hoax and says humans have an influence:

(Zinke) "I think where there is debate is what that influence is, what we can do about it."

The former Navy Seal and the President-elect's choice to run the Interior Department, tells Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders he supports an all of the above energy policy:

(Sanders) "Should we allow fossil fuel to be drilled on public lands?"

(Zinke) "Again, we need an economy and jobs too."

Several Western state Republicans have criticized the Obama Administration for stripping local control of public lands.

On Capitol Hill, Jared Halpern, FOX News.

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