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Big Oil's in Good Hands with Sally Jewell


She was chosen to serve Big Oil's interests.

by Stephen Lendman

On February 6, Obama chose Jewell as new Interior Secretary. More on her below. 

She'll replace Ken Salazar. He supported BP's Deepwater Horizon operation. He ignored environmental risks. He approved BP's exploration plan with no environmental analysis.

His negligence permitted Gulf of Mexico disaster. After BP's rig exploded, he granted "categorical exemptions" to expand offshore drilling. He surpassed Bush administration policies.

He and Obama share culpability. They back dangerous nuclear expansion. They're beholden to oil and gas interests. Drill, drill, drill is official policy. Lip service alone is paid to environmental concerns.

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Salazar's environmental record was deplorable. As junior Colorado senator, he opposed fuel efficiency. He supported unrestricted oil and gas drilling on federal lands.

He voted against Gulf of Mexico drilling protections. He fought them as Interior Secretary. 

Center for Biological Diversity's Kieran Suckling accused him of being "very closely tied to ranching and mining and very traditional old time, Western, extraction industries."

He proved it throughout his tenure. Expect no change from Jewell. Suckling remains "guarded." She'll withhold judgment for later.

"America's public lands and endangered species are in dire need of visionary leadership," she said.

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She hopes Jewell will reverse Salazar's damage. It's hard imagining how. 

Her "challenge is whether she will value our wildlands and wildlife in the face of endless pressure by industry to drill for fossil fuels in areas within Interior's jurisdiction."

"Nature needs a true champion at this point in history." Obama has other priorities. Jewell was chosen to serve them. Expect no positive changes on her watch.

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