One Goopy Thing: Oil State Senators Vow to Block Haaland Nomination

Cartoon by Alex Bowman for ODP

Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM) is President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior and if confirmed, she would become the first Indigenous person to serve in the cabinet. Haaland has been a steadfast champion of conservation and environmental justice in the House, from opposing mining in national forests to supporting the protection of 30% of nature by 2030.

Yet Senate Republicans from oil and gas states have vowed to vote against her confirmation for her “radical” views to prevent more drilling on federal lands and waters. Some Senators like Montana’s Steve Daines all but threw a tantrum in saying that he would work to block her nomination.

This is a distraction, as the transition away from fossil fuels will be market-driven. We stand with Congresswoman Haaland and her commitment to protecting our greatest natural treasures.

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