WASHINGTON, DC - League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Senior Vice President for Political Affairs and Public Education Tony Massaro today issued the following statement concerning the resignation of U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton.
"Gale Norton's decision to leave the Interior Department provides the opportunity for President Bush to appoint an individual who believes that - as he stated in his State of the Union address -- America truly does have an addiction to oil, and who will create policies to help wean America of that addiction."
"The new Secretary needs to understand our national treasures are to be protected, not exploited for profit. The next Secretary also needs to understand that drilling off America's coasts and in the Arctic Refuge would not solve our energy challenges, and that America's public lands are not intended to be sold to the highest bidder."
"We further hope the new Secretary understands, most importantly, that stewardship of America's natural resources is an obligation to both the present and the future. Today, President Bush once again has an opportunity to begin to rehabilitate his sorry record on energy and conservation issues."
"We hope this time, he takes it."