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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:59 PM

Obama nominates Sally Jewell for US interior secretary

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Source: Guardian

Obama nominates Sally Jewell for US interior secretary

Looking for balance between oil industry and conservation, president makes unconventional first pick for environment team

Suzanne Goldenberg US environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 6 February 2013 14.12 EST

Barack Obama chose the head of the REI outdoor equipment stores to manage America's wide open spaces on Wednesday, in the first pick of his second-term environment team.

The choice of Sally Jewell, an oil engineer who went on to win environmental awards, was unconventional. The post of interior secretary has generally gone to career politicians from western states. The outgoing secretary, Ken Salazar, was a Democratic senator from Colorado.

Jewell's name had not been in circulation before Wednesday's announcement, but she had apparently been on Obama's radar for some time. She worked with the White House on healthcare reform in 2009 and on the Great Outdoors Initiative in 2011.

In choosing Jewell, Obama appeared to be striving for balance between the oil industry, which has been pressing to expand drilling on public lands and off the coast of Alaska, and conservation and wilderness groups.


Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/06/sally-jewel-obama-interior-secretary

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