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‘Climate Hawk’ Haaland Expected to Transform Interior Department

Dec. 17, 2020, 9:57 PM

President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Interior Secretary, Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) will be a powerful force for conservation, amplifying tribal voices and shifting the department’s fossil fuels focus toward protecting public lands and acting on climate change, observers say.

Haaland, a native of New Mexico’s Laguna Pueblo, would be the first Indigenous Interior secretary. She would oversee more than 400 million acres of public lands nationwide in addition to water supplies across the West, all federally-owned onshore and offshore oil, gas, and coal, and the administration of all U.S. Indian reservations and many Native schools.

If Haaland becomes Interior ...