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AP reports that Gale Norton,the Secretary of the Interior will step down after five years in the post. The article gives no reasons why,but mentions her sheparding gas and oil drilling and other pet Bush anti-environment polilcies. Who Bush will tap to replace her is to be determined,but if you like green grass,fresh air,open spaces and trees,then prepare to be disappointed again,but what the hell is new. The only question left is which pro-business,anti-green lobbyist gets the job. Predictions?

Originally posted to demswin06 on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 10:19 AM PST.

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  •  The CEO of Exxon-Mobile (none)
    will be our next Secretary of the Interior. You heard it here first.
  •  I'd Ask: "Who Could be Worse?" (none)

    But I'm sure we'll find out.

    I'd ask "How much worse could the next SOI be?"

    But I'm sure we'll find out.

    There seems to be an endless supply of hacks, cronies, shills, and hustlers at the bottom of the barrel they keep scraping, each worse than the last.....

  •  I scooped ya... (none)
    As you know.  :)

    Please delete the duplicate diary.

    -8.75;-5.28. But it don't mean nuttin if you don't put your money where your mouth is

    by ultrageek on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 10:29:58 AM PST

  •  And this diary is needed because? (none)

    I did not receive $ from Ketchum, U.S. Department of Ed or HHS to write this---though I wish I had.

    by Volvo Liberal on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 10:35:20 AM PST

  •  Transferring my content here (none)
    Yours went up while I was composing something longer, with links and all.  So, just move it here:

    This from AP, via the indianz.com's moccasin telegraph:

    Interior Secretary Gale Norton is resigning after five years in President Bush's Cabinet, The Associated Press has learned.

    Norton, a former Colorado attorney general who guided the Bush administration's initiative to open Western government lands to more oil and gas drilling, planned to announce her decision Friday, a senior government official and another source familiar with her decision told the AP.

    Coming as it does on a Friday afternoon, this news has me wondering what's underneath it:
    Royalty "relief" for oil companies?
    Indian Trust lawsuit problems?
    Something about to break on Marianas/Saipan?
    Something from Abramoff:  the gift that keeps on giving?

    Must be something...

    For me it's all speculation:  More time in the West?  (Presumably she hasn't got a family to "spend more time with".)  Who's next for the Cabinet position most closely corresponding with Pombo's House Resources Committee?

    More from AP:

    She also was the administration's biggest advocate for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Alaska's North Slope to oil drilling.

    Part of why she was chosen for the job, no doubt.  CNN just reading it, so not "breaking" any more.

    A few resumé items on Norton:

    • James Watt protegé.  He was Reagan's first Interior Secretary who famous opined that taking care of the environment didn't matter because it was almost time for the End of Times, Rapture, whatever.
    • Co-founder of CREA, more recently run by Italia Federici, who was famously grilled by McCain and Dorgan in front of Senate Indian Affairs Committee, in conjunction with Abramoff stuff.
  •  Goodbye and Good Riddance Gale (none)
    I didn't realize that she was a protégé of James Watt. Watt, a born-again, seriously believed that that "good people" would be raptured up to heaven so why strip-mine, deforest, and pollute the earth in the meantime. It's no wonder that she was the administrations biggest advocate of drilling in the Artic Wildlife refuge. Goodbye.

    BTW. If you get a chance, watch Italia Federici in the Abramoff hearing. She was Abramoff's contact with Interior and was probably having an affair with Interior's #2 Steve Grilles. It some good shit. Grilles, Norton, Federice may all be sharing a cell together yet.

    "Just imagine a work of such magnitude that it actually mirrors the whole world....In it all of nature finds a voice." Gustav Mahler on his 3rd Symphony

    by Mahler3 on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 10:54:15 AM PST

    •  I had no idea (none)
      she was a Watt protege. The same James Watt, I presume, who dreamed of building a dam in the Grand Canyon.

      resist much, obey little

      by frankzappatista on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 11:35:58 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yep. (none)
        This from AP:

        "The first woman ever to head the Interior Department, Norton was a protege of James Watt, the controversial interior secretary during President     Ronald Reagan's first term in office. Watt was forced to resign after characterizing a coal commission in terms that were viewed by some as a slur."

        In a press conference on 21 September 1983, made the following comment about his staff: "I have a black, a woman, two Jews and a cripple. And we have talent." He resigned eighteen days later.

        "Just imagine a work of such magnitude that it actually mirrors the whole world....In it all of nature finds a voice." Gustav Mahler on his 3rd Symphony

        by Mahler3 on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 11:51:56 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Sorry ..Should read See below (none)
    I didn't realize that she was a protégé of James Watt. Watt, a born-again, seriously believed that that "good people" would be raptured up to heaven so why not strip-mine, deforest, and pollute the earth in the meantime. It's no wonder that she was the administrations biggest advocate of drilling in the Artic Wildlife refuge. Goodbye.

    BTW. If you get a chance, watch Italia Federici in the Abramoff hearing. She was Abramoff's contact with Interior and was probably having an affair with Interior's #2 Steve Grilles. It some good shit. Grilles, Norton, Federice may all be sharing a cell together yet.

    "Just imagine a work of such magnitude that it actually mirrors the whole world....In it all of nature finds a voice." Gustav Mahler on his 3rd Symphony

    by Mahler3 on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 10:55:49 AM PST

  •  No one wants to... (none)
    ...get caught in the wake of a sinking ship.
  •  Two words, Karl Rove Ha ha (none)
    you thought I was going to say Jack Abramoff.

    Well, him too.

    Link with very interesting pic and story

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

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