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Interior Pick Focuses on Law, Climate Science ‘Uncertainty’ (1)

Nov. 5, 2019, 5:39 PMUpdated: Nov. 5, 2019, 8:52 PM

Climate change poses a risk to national parks and other Interior Department assets along U.S. coastlines, but “great uncertainty” exists in the science, Deputy Interior Secretary nominee Katharine MacGregor said during her Senate confirmation hearing Nov. 5.

“I recognize that the climate is changing,” MacGregor said. “Man does have an impact. That’s what the science tells us.”

MacGregor, currently the deputy chief of staff for Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, has been functioning as acting deputy secretary. She joined the department in January 2017 as principal deputy assistant Interior secretary overseeing land and minerals management.

MacGregor’s testimony before the Senate...

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