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Deb Haaland Sec.Of Interior Nominee
Quote:The New Mexico House Democrat that President Biden has picked to lead the Department of the Interior will be -- if confirmed -- the first Native American Cabinet secretary, but her views on the hot-button issue of fracking have been met with resistance from conservatives.

Rep. Deb Haaland was announced in December as Biden’s choice to fill the position that oversees U.S. natural resources and tribal lands. The 60-year-old was first elected to Congress in the 2018 midterms and now says she is "honored and ready to serve" as America’s Secretary of the Interior.

"A voice like mine has never been a Cabinet secretary or at the head of the Department of Interior," Haaland tweeted. "Growing up in my mother’s Pueblo household made me fierce. I’ll be fierce for all of us, our planet, and all of our protected land."

Biden’s historic pick of Haaland -- a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal -- has been hailed by fellow climate advocates like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

Yet Haaland has repeatedly called for an all-out ban on fracking, rhetoric that has conservatives concerned despite Biden’s claims on the campaign trail that he does not intend to completely end the controversial method of extracting oil and gas.

Haaland told The Guardian in a 2019 interview that she was "wholeheartedly against fracking and drilling on public lands" -- a sentiment shared by Biden’s proposed plan for a "clean energy revolution."

In 2018, she tweeted that "as a Native American woman whose ancestral homeland is under attack from the Fossil Fuel Industry: I 100% support a Green New Deal and a Congressional Climate Commission."

The Republican Party of New Mexico, following Haaland’s nomination in December, said "it’s hard to see a bright spot for our state because of her extreme position on energy."

Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce also expressed concerns and said Biden’s pick to lead the Department of the Interior "doesn’t bode well for the energy industry as a whole."

"Oil and gas is New Mexico’s bread and butter, providing billions in revenue, more than 40% of our state’s budget and more than 100,000 jobs," Pearce said in a statement.

But Haaland stated in an interview with The Washington Post last year that New Mexico is a "big gas and oil state" and that "I care about every single job."

"We don’t want to go back to normal, right?" she added. "We don’t want to go back to where we were because that economy wasn’t working for a lot of people."

Haaland has the National Park Foundation (NPF) among her supporters.

"We are confident that national parks and public lands will be in good hands under her leadership," the NPF has said in a statement to Fox News. "Representative Haaland recognizes the value and importance of the more than 400 natural, cultural, and historical parks that reflect all of our stories."

Haaland has also come out in favor of abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

"The violence and terror ICE promotes must stop, and we need to hold this out-of-control agency accountable," she wrote in a 2018 email to Fox News.





That same year, she voiced opposition to former President Trump’s pick of Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court Justice.

"I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, and as a result I believe we need to do everything we can to stop Brett Kavanaugh from reaching the Supreme Court," Haaland tweeted. "Women deserve better than this."

Prior to arriving in Washington, D.C., and becoming one of the first Native American women to serve in Congress, Haaland served as the chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

"During her time as State Party Chair, she traveled to Standing Rock to stand side-by-side with the community to protect tribal sovereignty and advocate vital natural resources," a biography on her Congressional website reads.

Haaland grew up in a military family and attended 13 different public schools throughout her childhood as her father -- a 30-year combat Marine awarded the Silver Star Medal -- moved around the country, it adds.

"Like many New Mexicans, she had to rely on food stamps at times as a single parent, has lived paycheck-to-paycheck, and struggled to put herself through college," the biography also reads.

Haaland has earned degrees from the University of New Mexico and its Law School.

On Capitol Hill, Haaland currently serves as the vice-chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources and sponsored a bill signed by Trump that "contains provisions to create 273,000 acres of wilderness in New Mexico."

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Quote:President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of the interior, who if confirmed will carry out his moratorium on new drilling on public lands, once led a company that profited from the generation of fossil fuels.

The nominee, New Mexico Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland, was a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal in 2019 and pledged to vote against all new fossil fuel infrastructure before her nomination. Before her election to the House in 2018, Haaland served on the board of the Laguna Development Corporation (LDC) from 2010-2015, an organization owned by the Laguna Pueblo Native American tribe that operates a number of casinos, gas stations and other businesses.

Among the LDC’s business portfolio is a transmix plant, which produces a fossil fuel product made out of a “mix of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel created during transportation of such fuels through a shared pipeline,” according to its website. The LDC says its transmix plant “operates 24 hours a day and produces approximately 50,000 gallons per day” and then sells the product at the company’s gas stations and convenience stores.

The LDC’s transmix plant was in operation before Haaland joined the company’s board in 2010 and is still operating today, according to its website.

Haaland was appointed as the first chairwoman of the LDC during her time with the organization. She states on her campaign website that she used her leadership position at the company to enact “policies and commitments to earth-friendly business practices.”

Haaland worked with the LDC up until she began her first term in Congress in 2019. Her 2018 financial disclosure filed with the House of Representatives reveals she earned $30,550 as an independent contractor for the LDC that year.

Haaland’s partner, Lloyd “Skip” Sayre, currently serves as the corporate director for sales and marketing at the LDC. Haaland disclosed Sayre as her partner in a disclosure form filed with the House Ethics Committee in November 2019.

Haaland’s office did not return multiple requests for comment.

Despite Haaland’s history leading an organization that profits from the generation of fossil fuels, she’s now virulently anti-fossil fuel. She was a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal in 2019, saying it was necessary as her “ancestral homeland is under attack from the Fossil Fuel Industry.”



She also pledged to vote against any new fossil fuel infrastructure before she was nominated to serve as Biden’s interior secretary. If confirmed, Haaland would become the first Native American interior secretary and will oversee Biden’s moratorium on the sale of new drilling rights on federal lands.

“Fracking is a danger to the air we breathe and the water we drink, Haaland wrote in 2017,” according to The Wall Street Journal. “The auctioning off of our land for fracking and drilling serves only to drive profits to the few.”

Some Republican senators have pledged to oppose Haaland’s nomination, saying her opposition to fossil fuels is disqualifying.

Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines said in February he would block Haaland’s nomination.

“I’m deeply concerned with the Congresswoman’s support on several radical issues that will hurt Montana, our way of life, our jobs and rural America, including her support for the Green New Deal and President Biden’s oil and gas moratorium, as well as her opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline,” Daines said. “I’m not convinced the Congresswoman can divorce her radical views and represent what’s best for Montana and all stakeholders in the West.

Haaland’s nomination has also drawn opposition from Republican members of the House, according to The Washington Post. Fifteen GOP representatives called on Biden to revoke her nomination, calling her a “direct threat to working men and women” because of her support for the Green New Deal.

Biden’s drilling moratorium received immediate pushback from an oil-producing Native American tribe in Utah in late January.

“The Ute Indian Tribe and other energy producing tribes rely on energy development to fund our governments and provide services to our members,” the chairman of the Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee wrote to acting Interior Secretary Scott de la Vega on Jan. 22.

The Interior Department exempted Native American tribes from Biden’s moratorium after receiving the Ute tribe’s letter.

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Quote:President-elect Joe Biden announced he will nominate a New Mexico Democrat who smeared students from Covington Catholic High School last year to lead the Department of the Interior.

Rep. Deb Haaland (D., N.M.), a freshman congresswoman and one of two Native-American women in Congress, accused the high school students of "hate" and "intolerance" in January 2019 after a selectively edited video clip of an encounter between pro-life student activists and counterprotesters in Washington, D.C., went viral.

"This Veteran put his life on the line for our country," Haaland said of Nathan Phillips, a Native-American activist who confronted the Covington Catholic students. "The students' display of blatant hate, disrespect, and intolerance is a signal of how common decency has decayed under this administration."

Haaland followed up her accusations with a second tweet, saying, "A Native American Vietnam War veteran was seen being harassed and mocked by a group of MAGA hat-wearing teens."

Media reports at the time portrayed the group of high school students as harassing Phillips. Additional reports revealed, however, that Phillips approached the group of Covington Catholic students, placing himself in between the students and a group of radical Black Hebrew Israelites, who were yelling racial slurs and other insults at the students. Phillips later told media outlets that he stepped in to defend the Black Hebrew Israelites.

Also, after several media outlets referred to Phillips as a Vietnam War veteran, MilitaryTimes reported that Phillips did not serve in Vietnam.

The Biden transition team did not respond to a request for comment.

Attorneys for the families of Covington students later sued Haaland, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), CNN, and the Washington Post for defamation for their role in spreading false information about the controversy. "None of [the victims] harassed or mocked anyone, and particularly no Native American ‘war veterans,'" the students' attorneys said.

Though a judge dismissed the defamation suits against Warren and Haaland, Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann settled out of court with both CNN and the Washington Post.

Haaland did not respond to a request for comment.

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President Pedo picks another raving leftist lunatic for a cabinet position. Color me shocked. I wonder if the old kiddie sniffer realizes that these people hate him as much as they do conservatives simply because he's white and male.
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I guess because she's a lefitst loon that the congressional seat is safe. Otherwise, I cant see the dems wanting to hold a special election for her seat anywhere they could potentially lose another seat.
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NM Gov. was offered this position first and turned it down.
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It’s obvious the moneymen and Democrats via front man Sniffer are actively in the process of wrecking the US economy. The only reason I can logically come up with is they are making a big push to eliminate the middle class - only the rich (them) and poor (everyone else) remain because they figure the poor are far easier to control.
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so she's a political hack that helped rebuild the NM democrat party and was just elected in 2018. This qualifies her as Sec. of Int. how?
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(02-23-2021 12:34 PM)200yrs2late Wrote:  so she's a political hack that helped rebuild the NM democrat party and was just elected in 2018. This qualifies her as Sec. of Int. how?

It doesn’t - at all - but her being Native American does in today’s Democrat party. She doesn’t have to be qualified, just check the appropriate minority boxes......and Native American trumps just about everything save if she were also trans...
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Quote:Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) said on Tuesday at her confirmation hearing to be secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI) that she had to “acknowledge” that Capitol Hill, which includes the U.S. Capitol and House and Senate office buildings, is on land belonging to Native Americans.

“I wouldn’t be here without the love and support of my child Somah, partner Skip, my mom Mary Toya, my extended family, and generations of ancestors who sacrificed so much so I could be here today,” Haaland said in her opening statement before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. “I acknowledge that we are on the ancestral homelands of the Nacotchtank, Anacostan, and Piscataway people.”

Haaland’s nomination is controversial because as DOI secretary she would be in charge of 640 million acres, or about 28 percent, of all of the land in the United States and would be enforcing President Joe Biden’s moratorium on new drilling leases on federal land.

Senators in western states who are on the committee noted how Biden’s move is hurting their economies and has caused thousands of people to lose their jobs, including ranking member Rep. John Barrasso (R-WY), who said Haaland embracing Biden’s hostility toward fossil fuels is “radical.”

Haaland dodged questions from Barrasso and other Republicans who tried to pin her down on past statements about banning fracking and ending oil and gas production on federal land.

“I will be serving at the pleasure of the president,” Haaland said, adding that she will be advancing Biden’s agenda and not her own.

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Quote:Over the past two days, Deb Haaland has been questioned in front of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in the confirmation process for Department of the Interior secretary.

However, during the hearings, she has had trouble with forming coherent sentences or giving direct answers, constantly repeating vague terms like “I understand” or “I appreciate what you are saying” without formulating tangible answers to give any information that could help senators understand her qualifications.

Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) plainly asked Haaland, “Did you or do you now support the Biden action of shutting down the Keystone Pipeline his first day in office?” She refused to answer the question, responding, “I have to respect it, uh, Senator. He is the president of the United States and I realize that, um, these are some of the things that he talked about when he was running for office.” Not until Sen. Risch had to press three more times did he get a vaguely discernible answer from Haaland where she finally said, “I will tend to support President Biden’s positions. I assume you could take my answer as a yes.”

During one line of questioning by Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Haaland was asked why she made the statement that she would vote to legalize marijuana to account for lost jobs in the oil and gas industry due to extreme government regulation. She claimed her argument was merely one about “diversify[ing] our funding streams.”

Barrasso pressed her, “Is selling marijuana among what the Biden administration calls ‘better choices… to give jobs to displaced oil and gas workers?” Haaland said she didn’t know Biden’s position on the legalization of weed. Barrasso clapped back, “Well, we know what your stance is on replacing the revenue from the energy jobs… And your preference is to turn to drugs is what you’ve recommended to the voters.”

During another exchange, Haaland had difficulty answering basic questions about oil and gas pipelines on federal lands from Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), ultimately admitting she didn’t know the answer to the question.

After Haaland’s disastrous performance, the Democrat Party of New Mexico (DPNM) released a panicky statement, trying to bolster Haaland as “qualified” (of course) because she is a Native American woman. However, despite Haaland’s ancestry, she has nothing of achievement in the field of land or resource management that she can credit as her own other than taking extreme positions that will inevitably bankrupt New Mexico and the United States.

Here is what the Democrat Party of New Mexico released:

“Representative Haaland made it unequivocally clear today that her knowledge, passion, and experience make her the right person to take on the responsibilities of Secretary of the Interior,” said DPNM Chair Marg Elliston. “As a fierce advocate for New Mexico, Representative Haaland has shown that she can work across the aisle to enact the sort of forward-thinking policies that we need in our federal government. As this confirmation process begins, it’s clear that she will continue to make New Mexicans proud as a voice for all those who cherish and value our nation’s natural resources.”

Haaland is by no means a “bipartisan” member of Congress, voting 95% of the time with radical socialist “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) over 95% of the time.

After the shameful performance in front of the committee, Western States Director Larry Behrens of the pro-energy group “Power the Future” released the following statement:

“It’s pathetic that Senators need to ask Deb Haaland the same question four times before they get a straight answer from her. In fact, the number of answers Deb Haaland doesn’t have is stunning.

Deb Haaland has a long record of radical statements and actions, but for the last two days she would have us believe she doesn’t have a position on critical issues facing New Mexico and the rest of the nation. Deb Haaland is pretending to be someone else during these hearings and it’s clear some of the Senators aren’t convinced.”

Haaland’s nomination hangs by a thread, with the New York Times reporting that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) may derail her nomination due to her anti-energy extremism. If this happens, it would be a massive blow to DPNM and Joe Biden, after Biden’s other cabinet pick for the Office of Personnel Management, Neera Tanden, will likely get the boot from the Senate after Manchin rejected her.

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