Deb Haaland: What to know about Biden’s Secretary of the Interior nominee

Deb Haaland: What to know about Biden’s Secretary of the Interior nominee

The
New
Mexico
House
Democrat
that
President
Biden
has picked
to lead
the
Department
of
the
Interior will
be —
if
confirmed

the
first
Native
American
Cabinet
secretary,
but
her
views
on
the
hot-button
issue
of
fracking
have
been
met
with
resistance
from
conservatives. 

Rep.
Deb
Haaland was
announced
in
December
as
Biden’s
choice
to fill
the
position
that
oversees U.S.
natural
resources
and
tribal
lands.
The
60-year-old
was
first
elected
to
Congress
in the
2018
midterms
and
now
says
she
is
“honored
and
ready
to
serve”
as America’s
Secretary
of
the
Interior. 

“A
voice
like
mine
has
never
been
a
Cabinet
secretary
or
at
the
head
of
the
Department
of
Interior,” Haaland tweeted.
“Growing
up
in
my
mother’s
Pueblo
household
made
me
fierce.
I’ll
be
fierce
for
all
of
us,
our
planet,
and all
of our
protected
land.” 

Nominee for Secretary of Interior, Congresswoman Deb Haaland, speaks after then-President-elect Joe Biden announced his climate and energy appointments at the Queen theater on Dec. 19, in Wilmington, Delaware. (Getty Images)

Nominee
for
Secretary
of
Interior,
Congresswoman
Deb
Haaland,
speaks
after
then-President-elect
Joe
Biden
announced
his
climate
and
energy
appointments
at
the
Queen
theater
on
Dec.
19,
in
Wilmington,
Delaware.
(Getty
Images)

(Getty
Images)

BIDEN’S
CABINET
PICKS:
FULL
LIST 

Biden’s
historic
pick
of
Haaland —
a
co-sponsor
of
the
Green
New
Deal

has
been
hailed
by
fellow
climate
advocates
like
Rep.
Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez,
D-N.Y.  

Yet
Haaland
has
repeatedly
called
for
an
all-out
ban
on
fracking,
rhetoric
that
has
conservatives
concerned
despite
Biden’s
claims
on
the
campaign
trail
that
he
does
not
intend
to
completely
end
the
controversial
method
of
extracting
oil
and
gas. 

Haaland told The
Guardian in
a
2019
interview
that
she
was
“wholeheartedly
against
fracking
and
drilling
on
public
lands”

a
sentiment
shared
by
Biden’s
proposed
plan
for
a
“clean
energy
revolution.” 

In
2018, she tweeted that
“as
a
Native
American
woman whose ancestral
homeland
is
under
attack
from
the
Fossil
Fuel
Industry:
I
100%
support
a
Green
New
Deal
and
a
Congressional
Climate
Commission.” 

The
Republican Party of
New
Mexico,
following Haaland’s
nomination
in
December,
said
“it’s
hard
to
see
a
bright
spot
for
our
state
because
of
her
extreme
position
on
energy.” 

Haaland has become one of the first Native American women to serve in Congress. (AP)

Haaland
has
become
one
of
the
first
Native
American
women
to
serve
in
Congress.
(AP)

BIDEN
CHOOSES
DEB
HAALAND
FOR
INTERIOR,
AOC
PRAISES
THE
‘PROGRESSIVE’
MOVE 

Republican
Party
of
New
Mexico
Chairman
Steve
Pearce
also
expressed
concerns
and said
Biden’s pick
to
lead
the
Department
of the Interior
“doesn’t
bode
well
for
the
energy
industry
as
a
whole.” 

“Oil
and
gas is New
Mexico’s
bread
and
butter,
providing
billions
in
revenue,
more
than
40%
of
our
state’s
budget
and
more
than
100,000
jobs,”
Pearce
said
in
a
statement. 

But
Haaland stated
in
an
interview
with The
Washington
Post last
year
that
New
Mexico
is
a
“big
gas
and
oil
state”
and
that
“I
care
about
every
single
job.” 

“We
don’t
want
to
go
back
to
normal, right?”
she
added.
“We
don’t
want
to
go
back
to
where
we
were
because
that
economy
wasn’t
working
for
a
lot
of
people.” 

Haaland has
the
National
Park
Foundation
(NPF)
among
her
supporters. 

“We
are
confident
that
national
parks
and
public
lands
will
be
in
good
hands
under
her
leadership,” the
NPF
has
said
in
a
statement
to
Fox
News.
“Representative
Haaland
recognizes
the
value
and
importance
of
the
more
than
400
natural,
cultural,
and
historical
parks
that
reflect
all
of
our
stories.” 

CONGRESS
GEARS
UP
FOR
FIGHT
OVER
BIDEN
CABINET
NOMINEES 

Haaland
has
also
come
out
in favor
of
abolishing
the
Immigration
and
Customs
Enforcement
(ICE)
agency. 

“The
violence
and
terror
ICE
promotes
must
stop,
and
we
need
to
hold
this
out-of-control
agency
accountable,” she
wrote
in
a
2018
email
to
Fox
News. 

That
same
year,
she
voiced
opposition
to
former
President
Trump’s
pick
of
Brett
Kavanaugh
as
Supreme
Court
Justice. 

“I
believe
Dr.
Christine
Blasey
Ford,
and
as
a
result
I
believe
we
need
to
do
everything
we
can
to
stop
Brett
Kavanaugh
from
reaching
the
Supreme
Court,” Haaland
tweeted.
“Women
deserve
better
than
this.” 

BIDEN
CABINET
NOMINEES
TRAILED
BY
ETHICS
CONCERNS 

Prior
to
arriving
in
Washington,
D.C.,
and
becoming one
of
the first
Native
American
women to
serve
in
Congress,
Haaland
served
as the
chairwoman
of
the
Democratic
Party
of
New
Mexico. 

“During
her
time
as
State
Party
Chair,
she
traveled
to
Standing
Rock
to
stand
side-by-side
with
the
community
to
protect
tribal
sovereignty
and
advocate
vital
natural
resources,”
a biography
on
her
Congressional
website
reads. 

Haaland
grew
up
in
a
military
family
and
attended
13
different
public
schools
throughout
her
childhood as
her
father

a
30-year
combat
Marine
awarded
the
Silver
Star
Medal

moved
around
the
country,
it
adds. 

“Like
many
New
Mexicans,
she
had
to
rely
on
food
stamps
at
times
as
a
single
parent,
has
lived
paycheck-to-paycheck,
and
struggled
to
put
herself
through
college,”
the
biography
also
reads. 

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Haaland
has
earned
degrees
from
the University
of
New
Mexico
and
its
Law
School. 

On
Capitol
Hill, Haaland
currently
serves
as
the vice-chair
of
the
House
Committee
on
Natural
Resources and sponsored
a bill
signed
by
Trump that
“contains
provisions
to
create
273,000
acres
of
wilderness
in
New
Mexico.” 


Fox
News’
Caitlin
McFall
contributed
to
this
report. 

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