A coalition of environmental groups and scientists want President Obama to fire Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for his "failed policies" that it says led to the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in April, according to Fox News.
They hold him responsible for the catastrophe that killed 11 workers and set off the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that BP and the government is struggling to contain.
The conservation group, WildEarth Guardians, has mobilized 100 other environmental groups and scientists to sign a letter to the president, saying Salazar, "like his predecessors in the George W. Bush administration, has failed to place science above politics and prioritize federal environmental protections above accommodations for ecologically harmful industries."
The letter noted that some of the groups opposed Salazar’s nomination last year because of his "flawed record on natural resource issues."
"The intervening 16 months, unfortunately, have confirmed that Mr. Salazar will not fulfill your administration's promises to safeguard the environment in this country or globally," the letter reads. "Rather, Mr. Salazar has either embraced or failed to reform many of the destructive policies of the previous administration."
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