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    December 16, 2020 | 3:52 PM

    Statement from Ken Berlin, President And CEO of The Climate Reality Project, on Representative Deb Haaland’s Nomination to Department of Interior

    “The Climate Reality Project applauds President-elect Biden’s historic nomination of Congresswoman Deb Haaland as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior.

    “As a citizen of the Laguna Pueblo tribe and one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, Congresswoman Haaland is a fierce advocate for public lands and water, clean energy development, and vulnerable communities burdened by fossil fuel pollution. As Vice Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, she has successfully led the "Thirty by Thirty Resolution to Save Nature," which would set a national goal of protecting 30 percent of the nation's lands and waters by 2030. Moreover, Congresswoman Deb Haaland knows firsthand what it is like to live without running water and electricity, a reality that impacts far too many people around the country.

    “After the last four years of the Trump Administration’s assaults on federal land, including drilling and leasing land to fossil fuel companies, we need a Department of the Interior leader who will ensure the conservation of natural resources, honor tribal nations and lands, center environmental justice, and pursue science-based decision-making. The Climate Reality Project is confident Congresswoman Deb Haaland is the right person for this job and will bring her deep commitment to these issues and successful track record of action to the mission of the department.