Monday, February 08, 2010

Ken Salazar wears a white hat!

And takes head on Big Oil:
When president-elect Barack Obama nominated Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar to head the Department of Interior at the end of 2008, some voices in the conservation community wondered whether the moderate Democrat with ties to ranching and other traditional western industries was the best choice to chart a new direction in managing one-fifth of the nation’s land. But immediately after taking office, Salazar quickly moved to dispel many of those worries with a series of directives that forcefully demonstrated that the Bush era had ended, particularly on policies related to energy development on federal lands:

— He suspended 77 controversial oil and gas leases in Utah, some of them near national parks and national monuments.

– Understanding that renewable energy projects create more jobs than fossil fuels development, he directed his agencies to make the development of renewable energy a priority.

– He withdrew the Bush administration’s industry-friendly research and development leases for oil shale development in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

– He launched a department-wide effort to ensure that federal land management decisions respond effectively to climate change.

And, saying “There’s a new sheriff in town,” he began to clean up the scandal-plagued Minerals Management Service, the Interior agency that oversees royalty collections from oil and gas companies operating on federal land and offshore.

4 comments:

Ali said...

wait a minute. this is good news. i don't know how to react to good news. hmm.

ellroon said...

Ssshhh... don't move too fast or you'll scare him....

sagemarm said...

Well, yippee-eye-oh there, Elroon. Thank you. That 'shur' made my day-o. (That and the fact the sun jest came out). Especially nice to hear good news about the west. . . .
'be in touch

ellroon said...

Heya, sagemarm!! Didja get my email? Big hugs!