Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., is suffering through an inevitably contentious and protracted confirmation process for Secretary of the Interior. Her committee vote in the Senate Energy Committee comes Thursday, March 4. A floor vote has not been scheduled.
But, even if she doesn't get through, President Biden's appointees to the Department of Interior will be sure to push through a progressive energy agenda.
Some Republicans aren’t giving Haaland a pass, fearing her far-left proclivities, although Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has played it safe, asking Rep. Haaland only softball questions. Sen. John Barasso, R-Wash., has been more pointed, asking how Haaland can justify policies that will kill thousands of jobs. The answers are not forthcoming, because the directives are far beyond Haaland's pay grade.
If confirmed, Haaland will be the most progressive Interior Secretary to lead the agency since its creation on March 3, 1849.
She would also be the first Native American. Democrats universally praise her for that fact, and appear to believe that it should be the over-riding determination as to whetehr or not she gets the job. Democrats like firsts. They are also dedicated to dividing people into marginalized groups that they can then defend.
Of course the opposition has nothing to do with race. Western states are scared of her nomination because of her policy agenda.
Haaland is a global warming warrior and a foe of oil drilling and fracking. Although she has a short track record in Congress, she has expressed no interest in true American energy innovation nor independence.
Western states depend on oil and gas for their economies. Under the Trump Administration, oil and gas jobs supported 10.9 million American jobs — from oil fields to hotel rooms and restaurants -- according to American Petroleum Institute figures from 2019.
The petroleum energy sector represents more than 7 percent of the overall US economy. The average salary of those working in oil and gas is $108,000, nearly double the national average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2020.
Jobs in the clean energy sector, if you can find them, don’t pay anywhere near that.
But Haaland has taken the oppositional stance to fossil fuels.
Just last year, she supported a small group of Gwich’in to protest the opening of the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, even though scores of other Alaska Native groups support it.
Alaskans, Texans, and Oklahomans are on edge about Haaland leading the agency that can make or break Western State economies. The land that the Department of Interior controls is almost exclusively in the west.
Questions coming at Haaland in the Senate Energy Committee have naturally explored the regions of her extremism, and just how many jobs she would cost America if she becomes the head of the department.
But ultimately, her appointment matters little. The White House is in charge here.
Haaland is a mere figurehead for an agency that has already been taken over by the extreme left.
The real work is coming from White House appointments, with special assistant appointments embedded throughout the various divisions.
And those appointments are deeply concerning: Earthjustice lawyers, Democratic Party operatives, and radical groups have been planted up and down the chain. The takeover of the department has already occurred. Despite believing in their agendas as well, Haaland is just the window dressing.
If personnel is policy, here's who's really running the show. This list is replete with leftists whose radiclaism will destroy American energy indepdence. These are only a few examples just how deeply political the Department of Interior is under Biden, and how little Haaland matters.
When the Senate Energy votes to advance Haaland’s name—and the members will—it’s icing on the cake for the radical extremists.
But if for some reason the committee says she’s too radical, then the Biden Administration will simply find another symbolic figurehead to execute its planned dismantling of the American economy, one oil drilling rig at a time.
Suzanne Downing is the publisher of Must Read Alaska and Must Read America. She is a former business owner, longtime journalist, and political adviser who worked for Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida and Gov. Sean Parnell of Alaska. She was raised in Juneau, Alaska and is based in Anchorage. Where she writes on current events and politics. Read Suzanne Downing's Reports — More Here.
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