Interior nominee Haaland grilled on fracking, fossil fuels, GOP comments

Interior nominee Haaland grilled on fracking, fossil fuels, GOP comments


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.​ ​

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“But we must also recognize that the energy industry is innovating, and our climate challenge must be addressed​.​” 

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), the

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