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New Cabinet Choices Reaffirm Obama's New Direction on Energy and the Environment

Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or December 17, 2008  

WASHINGTON, DC - Responding to President-elect Obama’s choice of Colorado Senator Ken Salazar to serve as Secretary of the Interior and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack to serve as Secretary of Agriculture, LCV President Gene Karpinski issued the following statements:  

“These two cabinet nominees reaffirm what we already knew about the Obama Administration: that it would include skilled, knowledgeable leaders committed to protecting our environment and rebuilding our economy with clean, renewable energy.”

"Throughout his career, Senator Salazar has campaigned on a pledge of support for 'our land, our water, our people.' With a perfect 100% score on the 2008 LCV Scorecard, he has lived up to that pledge.  As a westerner, Senator Salazar has hands on experience with land and water issues, and will restore the Department of the Interior's role as the steward of America's public resources.   We look forward to working with him to protect the health of America's land, water, and people in the coming years."

LCV endorsed Ken Salazar for Senate in 2004.  Senator Salazar earned a lifetime LCV score of 81%.

“During his run for president, Governor Tom Vilsack called the creation of a new energy policy ‘the single most important issue facing America today’ and offered bold proposals to reduce global warming pollution and to increase our domestic production of clean, renewable energy.  As Governor, he worked to protect Iowa’s environment and the health of its people.  At the Department of Agriculture, as the new boss of the National Forest Service, he will be a powerful ally not only to America’s farmers, but to all who would protect our National Forests.”

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