Dept. of Interior is usually quite unrepresentative of the country, but this is extraordinary-

‘Colorado cabal’ takes Interior’s reins. By NOELLE STRAUB. New York Times.

Still, I’d say its better than the industry-minded bunch Dirk Kempthorne brought in Idaho.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

3 Responses to 'Colorado cabal' takes Interior's reins

  1. avatar mikarooni says:

    This really isn’t good. In the first place, it is too reminiscent of the reliance on imports from Texas that characterized the Bush Administration and that sure didn’t work out so well. In the second place, an urge to surround himself with local cronies speaks to Salazar’s immaturity in every way. I’m afraid that I’m starting to really not like Obama’s choice here.

  2. avatar kt says:

    Well hopefully the horrid Salazar will start making some important Legislators angry with his insularism. He really is out of his league – a reason to surround himself with cronies. ALSO to cover up better for shady actions … A LOT of money to be made in minerals, OG, and “renewables” these days, and other looting of/assaults on — public lands.

  3. avatar mikarooni says:

    That’s the crux of it. Most acts of environmental vandalism/degeneracy aren’t really about the environment; most environmental criminals could care less about the environment one way or the other; serious environmental crimes are about common corruption and the chase for unearned money and power, just a another means to bank robbery.

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