"Lock up land, target industries, kill traditional jobs."
Sally Jewell: Obama’s Interior choice knows how to kill jobs, and that’s the whole idea
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Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal is not fooled by the media’s canonization of Sally Jewell, President Obama’s choice for Secretary of the Interior in his second term. She is exactly what you would expect Obama to want - an environmentalist radical who is prepared to use the power of the federal government to lock up federal land to prevent development, and to lead witch hunts against certain industries. Although her resume says she has been a CEO, her real interest appears to be the radical green agenda, and of particular concern is her support of an organization with the innocuous sounding name The Conservation Alliance:
The Conservation Alliance maintains a list of the “successes” it has notched via the dollars it sends to militant environmental groups like Earthjustice. In the past few years alone that list has included “77 oil and gas leases halted” in Utah, 55,000 acres put off limits to oil and gas jobs in Colorado, the destructions of functioning dams, and the removal of millions of new acres from any business pursuit.
The Alliance is particularly proud of its role in getting the Obama team in 2012 to lock up half of Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve—set aside 90 years ago specifically for oil and gas. Rex Rock, the president of the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, which represents the economic interests of the Inupiat Eskimos, wrote that the decision will “cripple the lone economic driver for our communities,” and make the Inupiat “exhibits in an outdoor museum.”
The NPCA, when it isn’t destroying oyster farmers, has filed lawsuits attacking power plants and waged campaigns to ban off-road vehicles and snowmobiles in park lands. Ms. Jewell, on the board since 2004, was there for many of these efforts to kill jobs and restrict park use to those whom the NPCA approves. These are the very parks Ms. Jewell will oversee as Interior secretary.
Strassel’s column also details Jewell’s particular crusade against a California-based oyster business, which put the company and its 30 employees out of work. Be sure to read the whole thing. Green jobs, indeed.