Salazar to leave Interior; Vitter won’t miss him

1/17/2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced yesterday he will “return to his home state of Colorado, having fulfilled his promise to President Obama to serve four years as Secretary.” He informed President Obama that he intends to leave the Department by the end of March. 

“Colorado is and will always be my home. I look forward to returning to my family and Colorado after eight years in Washington, D.C.,” said Secretary Salazar, in a statement. “I am forever grateful to President Obama for his friendship in the U.S. Senate and the opportunity he gave me to serve as a member of his cabinet during this historic presidency.” 

“I have had the privilege of reforming the Department of the Interior to help lead the United States in securing a new energy frontier, ushering in a conservation agenda for the 21st century, and honoring our word to the nation’s first Americans,” added Salazar.

In a press release, he said his department had “undertaken an historic overhaul of Interior’s management of oil and gas resources, implementing tough new ethics standards for all employees. He led Interior’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and split the former Minerals Management Service into three independent agencies with clear, independent missions to oversee ocean energy management and revenue collection. Interior has offered millions of acres offshore in the Gulf of Mexico for safe and responsible exploration and development and is proceeding with cautious exploration of Arctic resources. Onshore, Interior has also leased millions of acres for oil and gas development over the last four years while protecting special landscapes for hunting and fishing and other uses.”

At least one senator, however, isn’t sorry to see him go. “I wish Ken Salazar, a Senate classmate, all the best. But I honestly won't miss him as Interior Secretary,” said Senator David Vitter (R-La.), in a statement regarding Salazar’s departure. “He supported the drilling moratorium overreaction to the BP disaster that cost us so many jobs. And he consistently made energy production on federal land and water far more difficult and costly, pushing federal lease revenue from $10 billion to $0 from 2008 to 2011.”

Salazar, a fifth-generation Coloradoan, has served his state and the nation for 14 continuous years as Colorado Attorney General, United States Senator and as the 50th secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. 

1/17/2013 5:13:56 PM Gary Bryan says:
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love Vitter calling the moratorium an over reaction to the BP disaster. Is he not paying attention to the real world?

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