AP.- The Petroleum and the natural gas will continue to play an important role in U.S for years to come, even as the President Joe Biden’s Administration seeks to conserve public lands and address climate change, promised the nominee of Biden to head the Department of the Interior, Deb Haaland.
Haaland, a congresswoman from New Mexico appointed to lead the Department of the Interior, said she is committed to “striking the right balance” as the agency manages energy development and seeks to restore and protect the nation’s vast federal lands.
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The agenda of Biden, including the possible creation of a Civil Corps of Climate, “Shows that the public lands of U.S can and should be engines for the production of clean energy“And” has the potential to stimulate job creation, “he said. Haaland in a testimony prepared for his confirmation hearing on Tuesday.
The comments of Haaland They are intended to refute criticism from some Republicans who have complained that their opposition to drilling on federal land will cost thousands of jobs and damage economies across the West.
Haaland, 60, would be the first Native American to lead a Cabinet agency. The Laguna Pueblo member and two-term congresswoman often draws on her experience as a single mother and the teachings of her ancestors as a reminder that the actions she takes U.S against him climate change, the environment and the sacred sites will affect future generations.
Native Americans see the nomination of Haaland as the best opportunity to move from consultation on tribal issues to consent and to put more land in the hands of tribal nations, either directly or through management agreements. The Department of the Interior has extensive oversight of tribal affairs and energy development.
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“The historical nature of my confirmation is not lost on me, but I will say that it is not about me,” he said. Deb Haaland in your prepared testimony. “Rather, I hope this nomination is an inspiration for Americans – moving forward together, as one nation, and creating opportunity for all of us.”
Haaland promised to direct the Department of the Interior with honor and integrity and said she will be “a fierce defender of our public lands.”
He promised to listen and work with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle and to ensure that the decisions of the Department of the Interior are based on science. He also promised to “honor the sovereignty of the tribal nations and acknowledge their part in the history of U.S”.
He said that he fully understands the role that the Department of the Interior in the plan to “rebuild better” of Biden for infrastructure and clean energy and said that he will seek to protect natural resources for future generations “so that we can continue working, living, hunting,” fish, and pray among them. “