Sen. Ken Salazar to lead Department of the Interior

Dec 19, 2008
Sen. Ken Salazar to lead Department of the Interior

After weeks of speculation surrounding who would be President-elect Barack Obama’s choice for secretary of the Interior, Sen. Ken Salazar, D-CO, has been confirmed as the next leader of the department. It was announced on Monday, Dec. 15 that Salazar was Obama’s pick, followed by Salazar’s acceptance of the position on Dec. 17. Salazar will oversee a “troubled” department which has seen controversy surrounding the department’s choices to allow oil drilling on public lands.

Additionally, the Bureau of Land Management is in a period of upheaval as it struggles to effectively manage 264 million acres of surface property and over 300 million acres of mineral estates.

“I am humbled and honored to be nominated by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as secretary of the Interior,” said Salazar in a press release.

Salazar says he plans to place a great deal of emphasis on moving towards energy independence. “As the nominee to be secretary of the Interior, I will do all I can to help reduce America’s dangerous dependence on foreign oil. I look forward to working directly with Presidentelect Obama as an integral part of his team as we take the moon shot on energy independence,” he said. “I

look forward to helping build our clean energy economy, modernize our interstate electrical grid, and ensure that we are making wise use of our conventional natural resources, including coal, oil, and natural gas.” — WLJ

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