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Politico is reporting tonight that David Hayes who would be running the day-to-day operations at the Interior is going to be rejected by the GOP tomorrow over some oil-gas leases that are being denied in Bob Bennett's state of Utah, by the Obama administration.

GOP blocks Interior Nominee  

In what could only be described as stupid, the GOP is preparing to reject an Obama administration nominee and deputy to Ken Salazar over the administration's rejection of Bush's Oil-Gas Lease crazy, over-the-top, drilling strategy.  

The GOP plans to vote as a bloc on Wednesday, keeping the Democrats just shy of the 60 votes needed to close debate on the nomination of Ken Salazar's chosen number two at Interior.

This man, David Hayes is imminently well qualified.  Here is his Bio:  David Hayes Bio

Mr. Hayes served as the Deputy Secretary of the Interior during the Clinton Administration. As Deputy Secretary, he was second in command at Interior under Secretary Bruce Babbitt, with statutory responsibility to serve as the Chief Operating Officer over Interior's 70,000 employees and $10 billion budget. Mr. Hayes was nominated for the position by President Clinton, and confirmed by unanimous vote of the United States Senate. While at Interior, Mr. Hayes played a lead role in many of the Department's most difficult and important matters with a primary focus on the acquisition and protection of threatened lands (e.g. acquisition of the Headwaters old-growth redwood forest in Northern California); the restoration of threatened ecosystems (e.g. the Bay-Delta ecosystem restoration project in California); the introduction of modern water management approaches in the west (e.g. the Colorado River initiatives undertaken by the Administration); the negotiation of habitat conservation plans under the Endangered Species Act; energy-related issues associated with federal lands and resources (e.g. oil and gas development, hydropower licensing, etc.); and the settlement of long-standing Indian water and land disputes.

Mr. Hayes has served in a variety of leadership positions in the environmental, energy and resources field, including Chairman of the Board of the Environmental Law Institute, a nonprofit research and publication center for environmental law and management professionals. He also served as the Vice Chair of the Board of American Rivers and was a Board member of RESOLVE and the Natural Heritage Institute.

In the fall of 2007, Mr. Hayes served as Consulting Professor at Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment. While at Stanford, he directed a Woods Institute dialogue project on carbon offsets. The results of his work at Stanford were published by the Center for American Progress. Mr. Hayes also was a Senior Fellow at the World Wildlife Fund, with a focus on climate change matters, and a Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, the think tank that is affiliated with the Democratic Leadership Council, where he served on PPI's energy task force.

To know how stupid this whole thing is, read what Bob Bennett's own local newspaper thinks of this strategy:  Paul Rolly/Salt Lake City tribune

So Bennett has assumed the guise of "Senater No," attacking practically everything the new administration has tried to do. He even placed holds on nominees for key posts in the Department of Interior after new Secretary Ken Salazar shelved a number of disputed oil and gas leases in Utah. A federal judge had halted the federal auction of those leases when the Bureau of Advertisement Land Management's method of approving them was challenged.

So with that, this nomination needs help, Bennett is going to obfuscating along with Hatch, therefore we need to massively call all republican senators to see if they are going to be obstructing.  Apparently all senators are planning to, let's see if we can keep them from doing that.

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