Saturday, March 11, 2006

Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead!

US Department of Interior Secretary Gale Norton Resigns!!!!

Hooray! Interior Secretary Gale Norton resigned Friday after five years of guiding the Bush administration's initiatives to open government lands in the West to more oil and gas drilling, logging, and grazing. Thanks for your service to America, Gale. Thanks for singlehandedly destroying millions of acres of public lands.

According to Forbes, "as one of the architects of Bush's energy policy, Norton eased regulations to speed approval of oil and gas drilling permits, particularly in New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming's Powder River Basin."

In her first three years, the pace of drilling permits issued by Interior's Bureau of Land Management rose 70 percent. She also was the administration's biggest advocate for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Alaska's North Slope to oil drilling, areas considered sensitive for caribou and other wildlife.

Oh Gale, we are so glad you're gone!!!!

1 comment:

wolf21m said...

I agree that this is something to be celebrated. Unfortunately, the rumor in Idaho is that our Governor, Dirk Kempthorne, is being considered as a replacement. This would not be an improvement.