Ken Salazar is also leaving his post as Secretary of the Interior. This week Obama named Sally Jewell, the CEO of the outdoor equipment company REI, as his replacement. Jewell has a lot of experience advocating for the importance of outdoor recreation and protection of lands. However, some environmentalists are skeptical of her previous experience working as an engineer for Mobil Oil.
Although outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has been a major supporter of renewable energy, he’s also been historically weak on protecting lands. Under the leadership of Salazar, the Obama Administration set aside fewer permanently protected lands than the W. Bush, Clinton, H.W. Bush, and Reagan Administrations. For the sake of the climate and public lands, environmentalists are hoping Sally Jewell won’t lean too heavily on her oil industry experience to run the agency.
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