President Joe Biden’s pick for secretary of the interior, New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland, faced Senate lawmakers on Capitol Hill Tuesday and did little to shake fears about her progressive radicalism.
Haaland was nominated in December after completing just one term in the House. She came to Congress in the 2018 midterms as a climate activist who had previously joined protesters against the South Dakota Access Pipeline Project. In the House, Haaland’s environmental activism earned her praise from New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who called her a “Green New Deal champion,” and the New Mexico congresswoman was an original co-sponsor of the progressive legislation, which sought to mandate the rapid decarbonization of the American economy under a socialist agenda.
On fossil fuels, Haaland has said she remains “wholeheartedly against fracking and drilling on public lands,” while being opposed to any and all oil and gas exploration on public property. Revenues from such energy exploration, however, provide the lifeblood