More on Jewell's Nomination to Interior Dept.
POLITICO reported last week that Sally Jewell, CEO at REI, had emerged as a serious candidate for secretary of the interior. But in selecting her, President Obama is bypassing potential candidates with longer political résumés, such as former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, along with internal department favorites such as Deputy Secretary David Hayes.
Jewell’s selection drew immediate support from conservation advocates as well as from some oil and gas industry supporters who have criticized Obama’s policies on energy production. But some industry groups weren’t yet ready to endorse her, and one House Republican subcommittee chairman expressed concern about REI’s ties to environmental groups with “radical political agendas.”
“Sally Jewell has the mind of an engineer, the heart of an environmentalist and the know-how of a businesswoman,” said a statement from Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke, who is regarded as one of the most influential environmental advocates on climate policy, while Wilderness Society President Jamie Williams called Jewell “a tremendous leader for conservation at every level.”
“Sally Jewel has combined her business acumen with her love of the outdoors to become one of America’s top CEOs,” said Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, the leading Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee. “She is proof positive that common sense, balanced conservation of our open spaces and natural resources can
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