The Senate Should Reject the Nomination of Deb Haaland to lead the Department of Interior

March 9, 2021
Washington, DC

Conservatives urge the Senate to reject the nomination of Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM) to lead the Department of the Interior.

Haaland’s statements at her confirmation hearing acknowledging the important and continued role of fossil fuels in America’s energy grid belie a record which suggest she believes otherwise.

As a Member of the House of Representatives, Haaland is a cosponsor of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) Green New Deal – a proposal which not only seeks the elimination of fossil fuels entirely, but envisions a wholesale re-creation of the American economy.

Haaland is also the principal sponsor of the “Thirty by Thirty” resolution, which seeks to federalize 30 percent of the country’s ocean and land as a means toward addressing climate change, and has been a vocal proponent of permanently banning the practice of fracking.

Despite giving lip service to the importance of fossil fuels – America’s largest source of energy – Haaland has said she supports President Biden’s decision to shut down the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Many of Haaland’s positions and statements have indicated she is to the left of even the Biden administration – and would likely push the agenda even further should she be confirmed.

At a time where both jobs and the stability of our energy supply are both of paramount importance, it is clear that Rep. Haaland will take the Department of the Interior in a more ideological direction than a measured and thoughtful one. We urge the Senate to reject her nomination.


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