President Biden’s nominee to be secretary of the Interior, Rep. Deb Haaland, faced a flurry of questions on Tuesday about her embrace of the progressive Green New Deal, her anti-fracking stance and her earlier comments about Republicans — including casting doubt on their belief in science — during a contentious Senate confirmation hearing.
In her opening statement, Haaland, a Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico, said she would carry out Biden’s views on the environment and added that she believes a “balance” can be found between the use of fossil fuels and the desire to battle climate change.
“There’s no question that fossil energy does and will continue to play a major role in America for years to come. I know how important oil and gas revenues are to fund critical services,” she told the senators.
“But we must also recognize that the energy industry is innovating, and our climate challenge must be addressed.”
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), the