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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:09 AM

Obama Chooses REI Executive to Lead Interior Dept.

Source: NY Times

WASHINGTON President Obama has selected Sally Jewell, the chief executive of Recreational Equipment Inc., to lead the Interior Department, White House officials said Wednesday.

If confirmed, Ms. Jewell, a former oil company official and longtime advocate for conservation and outdoor recreation, will take over a department that has been embroiled in controversy over regulation of oil and gas on public lands and waters in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Arctic Ocean. She also will assume responsibility for the stewardship of hundreds of millions of acres of public lands, from the Everglades of Florida to the Cascades of Washington State.

Ms. Jewell, who also worked as a banker, took over REI in 2005, when the company was one of the most successful outdoor outfitters in the country. The company has grown rapidly under her tenure and now boasts roughly $2 billion a year in sales.

She will replace Ken Salazar, who has led the department since the beginning of the Obama administration. Mr. Salazar, a Colorado Democrat, was elected to the Senate in 2004, the same year as Mr. Obama.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/07/us/politics/obama-chooses-rei-executive-to-lead-interior-dept.html?hp

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Reply Obama Chooses REI Executive to Lead Interior Dept. (Original post)
SecularMotion Feb 2013 OP
Botany Feb 2013 #1
upaloopa Feb 2013 #3
Tyrs WolfDaemon Feb 2013 #19
Tyrs WolfDaemon Feb 2013 #20
NYC_SKP Feb 2013 #2
freshwest Feb 2013 #8
NV Whino Feb 2013 #4
dlwickham Feb 2013 #5
freshwest Feb 2013 #6
dixiegrrrrl Feb 2013 #9
freshwest Feb 2013 #12
truebrit71 Feb 2013 #13
rsmith6621 Feb 2013 #16
truebrit71 Feb 2013 #17
DeschutesRiver Feb 2013 #18
catchnrelease Feb 2013 #22
ellie Feb 2013 #7
FarCenter Feb 2013 #15
Renew Deal Feb 2013 #10
Jansen Feb 2013 #11
Marrah_G Feb 2013 #14
cbayer Feb 2013 #21

Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:11 AM

1. She can start with by stopping the wolf hunts

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Response to Botany (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:17 AM

3. I'd rather see the wolf holding the hunter.

No I don't see hunters as a higher life form when they kill for sport.
And about wolves attacking cows and such. The wolves were there first and that's what wolves do for food.

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Response to upaloopa (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:52 PM

19. We normally leave the cows alone so long as the humans haven't killed all the deer

My brethren wolves do a great deal to leave humans alone. If a rancher can show that a wolf did kill a cow, the govt will compensate them for it. Unfortunately I have met and had dealings with many ranchers who find that they have a missing cow or a dead one and instantly say 'Wolf!' followed by a bunch of bullshit about how evil we are.





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Response to Botany (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:01 PM

20. Did you have to post the pic without a warning?




Now I have to make prayers for another brethren that went across BriFrost to the Wild Hunt. After that I will make another wolf-killer voodoo doll. I might try putting this new one in the freezer.


Odin, please keep this wolf safe with you and mark the hunter for visits by your wolves Geri and Freki.




edit: we need a happy wolf pic

How can anyone want to hurt these little guys?

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:12 AM

2. Fantastic! Next, let's get Elon Musk to head the Department of Energy!

Tesla, SolarCity, SpaceX!

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:32 AM

8. "We need to figure out how to have the things we love, and not destroy the world."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk

Never heard of him before. Interesting person.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:25 AM

4. Wow, this sounds like a good choice.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:25 AM

5. this a very interesting choice

I think REI is a great company and I buy way too much from them

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:27 AM

6. This is good.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:41 AM

9. Former banker and oil company person?

NOt too sure how "good" this pick is.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:10 PM

12. I was ruminating last night on how I didn't vote for the Prince of Peace in 2008. Nor did I vote for

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any other saints in public office.

It is not often that we see all sides to a person. And in general, to be considered for a job that for them, the pay is nominal, one has success in the business world.

She is interested in preserving the nation's parks and wilderness - in the face of the very organizations that you mention and the political leaders who want them sold off to private interests lock, stock and barrel. Once any public asset is privatized or sold off, it is gone forever.

We have libertarian repukes working to steal all public park land, in every state. They are attempting to take the last opportunity many have to see and be inspired by nature and to save biodiversity on this planet. I live where these resources being protected from sale is important to us.

We have largely decided to live in more compressed spaces to preserve them while paying taxes to keep them up but we feel that they belong to everyon. So we take those who would gate those lands off and tell us to never see them again, personally.

REI is also a big business here and many of us know them and their employees, as part of the nature loving culture here. Nothing's perfect, not on this plane of existance.

I suspect this person is one of those who by education or connections, or personal skill, would be able to work for any kind of enterprise, public or private and may not be in love with the fossil fuel industry or has a lust for stealing homesteads. My family was driven off their land by oil barons; but had to work as roughnecks for the same in the Depression. To get back on their feet they had to go to town. They got intp the unions and built their lives again.

Yes, there was bitterness. But there was a need for survival as well. I know people that work with banks who are pencil pushers. DU and the media have developed a new classification of people for whom we lay all the sins of society upon, disregarding any of the individuals. There's a name for that, when you ignore a person's humanity, even if you don't agree with their employment.

I have an opinion on this person that does not meet some others' expectations to hate oilers and bankers. I can't live my life that way, it doesn't profit me to comb over every single move that Obama makes and find a reason to hate it all. I am not fond of either industry, religion, or capitalism in general but they won't go away because of that. I may find some horrible thing about her and withdraw my superficial remark approving her but I won't go the Tea Party route and say 'kill the oilers and the banksters.' That's how it feels around somedays, and I'm not referring to you or anyone in particular, it's just the tone. It's disappointing to see the knee jerk animosity without all the facts. Just the associations shouldn't condemn people, their actions should.

Peace Out.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:36 PM

13. Hmmmm

My thoughts too....I was initially encouraged when I saw REI but then seeing the banker/oil engineer in her past sort of tempered my enthusiasm.

She has to immediately stop the wofl hunts and DEMAND that it be based on science and not ranchers bullshit rhetoric...

I never thought there would be a worse Sec of Int after James Watt, but Salazar has been an unmitigated fucking disaster...

i simply do NOT understand how Obama's thought process works when picking these people...

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Response to truebrit71 (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:02 PM

16. Thought Process......



...Worked in Banking....qualified

.......Worked in Oil...... qualified

............. Hired


Me to... I don't understand why Obama can not find persons outside of those two circles.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:19 PM

17. Upon further review...

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/02/06/1185065/-Obama-will-nominate-Sally-Jewell-to-take-over-as-secretary-of-interior-Strong-opposition-unlikely#

She may not be too bad after all...NRDC and DoW like her would seem to indicate that she'll be better than her predecessor at least..

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Response to truebrit71 (Reply #17)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:49 PM

18. Thinking the same way...and also very glad Salazar is going. nt

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Response to truebrit71 (Reply #17)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 06:58 PM

22. Good article

I feel better about her after reading it. Thanks.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:31 AM

7. Is she a wolf killer too?

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Response to ellie (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:52 PM

15. AFAIK REI doesn't sell hunting or fishing gear or guns -- although they sell ice axes

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:59 AM

10. This is like the movie Idiocracy

Soon we'll be watering crops with gatorade

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #10)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:10 PM

11. It's what plants crave?

nt

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #10)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:48 PM

14. LOL, I know, right?

I can't wait to get my law degree from Costco!

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:06 PM

21. Excellent choice, imo, and will mostly likely be easily confirmed.

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