WASHINGTON — To serve as Interior Secretary, Obama has nominated an attorney and senator with expertise in a resource of urgent importance to the American West. While Senator Ken Salazar, a Democrat from Colorado, is not as liberal as some environmental groups hoped, he does have considerable experience working with water-related issues.
Speaking of those living in the thirsty West, Salazar told the Los Angeles Times that “in rural areas they understand water as their lifeblood.” Salazar grew up in southern Colorado and was educated a an attorney, with a specialization in water. Recently speaking out against drilling for oil in Colorado, Salazar is seen as a centrist and defines himself as an advocate for alternative energy.
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Source: Los Angeles Times