When radical environmentalists, animal rights activists, and union organizers all agree on a pick for cabinet secretary, it is safe to assume that it would be a disastrously bad idea. Given this administration’s penchant for embracing disastrously bad ideas, it seems worth noting that there is a concerted effort by the far left fringe to pressure Obama to nominate liberal Rep. Raul Grijalva as the new Secretary of Interior.
Grijalva would replace former Sen. Ken Salazar, a Democrat from Colorado who has held the post for the last four years. Last week, he announced his intention to resign in March. This announcement came shortly after the resignation of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, leaving a deficit of Latino representation in Obama’s Cabinet
Interior Secretaries are responsible for making critical decisions regarding offshore drilling, national parks, animals on public land, and wildlife preservation. This post is often used by activists to implement controversial policies under the radar. Even Salazar, a more moderate choice, used his authority to place a moratorium on offshore drilling following the BP spill and to implement “solar energy zones” on public lands.
Needless to say, an Interior Secretary on the far left of issues like energy, animal rights, labor could do considerable damage in four year’s time. Recently, a coalition of 238 left wing groups in support of Grijavla signed a letter to President Obama urging him to take advantage of this “historic opportunity.” Unsurprisingly, included on the list were groups named Animals are Sentient Beings, Inc., The Association for the Tree of Life, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Friends of the Wild Swan.
The liberal wing of the Democratic Party is well aware of the fact that their ideas are far outside the American mainstream. Count on them to continue using these low-profile administrative positions to implement their agenda.
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