NWF: Obama Interior, Ag Secretaries To Put Land Use Policies On Right Path

Statement by Larry Schweiger, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation

12-17-2008 // NWF Media Team

President-elect Barack Obama today introduces two more cabinet selections--Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO) as Secretary of the Interior and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture.

Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said today:

"Sen. Ken Salazar has been a champion for America's public lands. He's fought to protect Western lands from costly, destructive oil shale production. He also took on the Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management over oil and gas leasing on the Roan Plateau in northwest Colorado. And as a former water rights and mining lawyer and former director of Colorado's Department of Natural Resources, Sen. Salazar brings an experienced perspective to needed mining reform.

"Gov. Tom Vilsack has supported working to improve the environmental performance of U.S. agriculture. We look forward to working with him to move our country forward to the next generation of clean, sustainable, biomass energy and improved farming practices that can store carbon and restore the fertility of our soils.

"President-elect Obama has once again shown he understands clean energy and climate must be addressed at every level of government from a wide range of policy perspectives. With this team in place, President-elect Obama has strong allies in his fight to enact a cap-and-invest plan that reduces global warming pollution and grows clean energy technologies that will recharge our economy and protect our natural resources for future generations."

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