A Conservationist for the Interior Dept.

...“Ken Salazar’s solid record as a supporter of renewable energy suggests he is well prepared for one of the fundamental challenges facing the Department of Interior: the need for solid stewardship of federal lands while allowing those lands to be part of the climate solution by hosting massive new renewable energy developments,” said Seth Kaplan, a vice president of the Conservation Law Foundation, in an e-mail message.  Mr. Salazar has supported a goal of getting 25 percent of the nation’s energy from renewable sources by 2025.

Nathanael Greene of the Natural Resources Defense Council predicted that Mr. Salazar would be a boon for Cape Wind, the controversial Massachusetts offshore wind farm. (The N.R.D.C. supports its construction.) “On that issue, to all accounts he gets it and will treat the project fairly,” he said in an e-mail messag, noting that the main hurdle remaining is the release of a final environmental impact statement despite recent delays. The Department of the Interior oversees the Minerals Management Service, which is due to release the environmental report.

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