Historic U.S. Interior pick tests Senate support for Biden on climate

James Marshall
Февраля 26, 2021

Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., the panel's chairman, Haaland said the US will continue to rely on fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas even as it moves toward Biden's goal of net zero carbon emissions by mid-century.

Haaland was among several Democrats who opposed the project, citing the sensitivity of caribou and avian habitats and echoing concerns of Native Alaska leaders in Nuiqsut, a 400-person village that has pushed back against the rapid growth of federal oil and gas development.

"It doesn't surprise me that they are attacking her", Braune said in an email. She told Hoeven she also would "listen to you and consult with you".

Hickenlooper, D-Colo., the last senator to question Haaland, asked about Colorado-specific issues, including the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, a bill reintroduced by U.S. Sen. The Interior Department has broad oversight over almost 600 federally recognized tribes as well as energy development and other uses for the nation's sprawling federal lands.

Native Americans see her nomination as the best chance to move from consultation on tribal issues to consent and to put more land into the hands of tribal nations either outright or through stewardship agreements.

Asked why she wanted to become the next secretary of the Department of the Interior, Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., referenced the Navajo Code Talkers, saying the first piece of code the WWII soldiers used was the Navajo word for "Our mother" for United States. "Instead, we produce it here with good job creation". She reiterated her position that her secretarial responsibility would differ from her role in Congress.

"Senator Daines is proud to have a strong relationship with Montana's Tribes and will continue working on issues important to Indian Country", she said in an email. "She and I do not agree on carbon fuels", Mr.

A key name on the panel-and in the Senate in general-is West Virginia U.S. Sen.

Joye Braun, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota who attended demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline, said she thought Daines, Barrasso and Lummis were mainly opposing Haaland in an attempt to defend the oil, gas and coal industries in their states. Mike Lee of Utah questioning her about the status of national monuments in his state. I do want to work with you.

If confirmed, Haaland will need to decide whether to maintain the Trump administration's controversial relocation of the Bureau of Land Management's headquarters to Grand Junction, Colo. She worked on former President Barack Obama's campaign in the state in 2012 and later chaired the state's Democratic Party, where she was credited with fixing its finances and rebuilding it after electoral losses. John Hickenlooper, is already lobbying her not to return the headquarters to Washington. Other GOP lawmakers on the committee declined to comment on Haaland's nomination.

If confirmed to lead the Department of the Interior, the Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico would oversee more than 500 million acres of federal and tribal lands, accounting for about a fifth of the nation's land surface, as well as offshore federal waters. "We'd love to get you out to Grand Junction and let you see the BLM land out there, but also see the new headquarters and what it looks like".

Both Morigeau and Running Wolf signed a letter from the Montana American Indian Caucus urging Daines and Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) to reconsider their opposition to Haaland's nomination.

On Tuesday, Becerra made clear that he would adhere to Biden's goal of expanding health coverage through existing law, jettisoning his own prior enthusiasm for a government-paid health-care system.

"As a military family, we moved every few years. but no matter where we lived, my dad taught me and my siblings to appreciate nature, whether on a mountain trail or walking along the beach, " Haaland said.

Pressed by Lankford, Haaland declined to say whether she would recommend that tribal land be treated differently from other public lands when the administration develops a policy for oil and gas production.

Reporters Scott Streater and Heather Richards contributed.

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