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  •  maybe even (8+ / 0-)

    as good as it's going to get

    surely an improvement over Salazar

    "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

    by Sybil Liberty on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 10:08:48 AM PST

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    •  asdf (2+ / 0-)
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      Maverick80229, Agathena
      surely an improvement over Salazar
      No argument there.
    •  Have to disagree (1+ / 0-)
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      ban nock

      Salazar brought MMS to heel and dealt with the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  He wasn't flashy but he helped the administration.  It is too easy to dump on the last guy and expect the next gal to walk on water.

      •  Salazar was a disaster for wild horses (4+ / 0-)

        He allowed aggressive helicopter roundups, which included stampeding horses stressed by drought conditions, including pregnant mares and foals.  He allowed auction of these horses to known kill buyers,  who then shipped the cheaply purchased mustangs to Mexico for slaughter.  All of this done under BLM's policy of protecting wild mustangs.  I call horseshit.  Good riddance.

      •  The worst Secretary Of Interior EVER (0+ / 0-)

        was all that was heard when Salazar was nominated.
        I wasn't shouting those people down as I was a Grajalva supporter.
        His actions and record belied many of those original concerns.
        Salazar was from the ag community, yes. But he had no friends in the oil/extractive industries. He famously kept his "boot on the neck" of BP after the Deep horizon disaster.
        He instituted oil and gas leasing reform, fracking restrictions, withdrew the leases near national parks in Utah, stripped away harmful “streamlining” processes, etc.
        Certainly there were faults in the protection of Wolves, Wild horses, etc.
        But the game now is on a grander scale. There are currently bills in Congress that variously would; eliminate, privatize, sell off our Wilderness Areas, National Forests and National Parks. At the time Salazar served these threats were imminent and remain so. We gained no Wilderness on his watch but we also lost none.

        Sally Jewell is an unknown quantity. (BTW I am a 36 yr REI member).
        I am wary of the ties to the oil/banking cartels. Obama either is eager or feels compelled to appoint people with industry ties.
        And that is not my only concern.
        Some of the commentary in this thread about Sally Jewell is encouraging, including personal testimonials. I hope that she is every bit the person described. But even if she I am concerned her lack of political experience will put her at a disadvantage.
        Our public lands are now under the greatest threat in 100 years.
        We need not only an advocate but a skilled fighter.

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