Q&A: How to view the fight over Deb Haaland and fracking
February 24, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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WILMINGTON, DE - DECEMBER 19: Nominee for Secretary of Interior, Congresswoman Deb Haaland, speaks after President-elect Joe Biden announced his climate and energy appointments at the Queen theater on December 19, 2020 in Wilmington, DE. Haaland is the first Native American nominated to serve on the presidential cabinet. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)
President Joe Biden nominated the most diverse Cabinet in history, but the Senate, which gets to offer "advice and consent," is suddenly full of members -- mostly Republicans -- who are critical of partisan tweets and are carefully scrutinizing nominees' job qualifications.
He'd be the first Latino to run HHS. Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland has supported the Green New Deal and wants to end fracking on public land.
WHAT MATTERS: One criticism of Haaland is that as a lawmaker, and unlike President Biden, she supports a ban on fracking on federal land.
That's pretty much the opposite of the Trump administration, which worked hard to expand fracking on public land.
In 2019, land leasing to oil and gas companies through the Department of the Interior brought in $4. 2 billion in revenue for the federal government.
WHAT MATTERS: A large portion of the Biden energy policy is undoing President Donald Trump's energy policy, which was to expand drilling and increase oil and gas production and exports.
He rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement on his first day in office and soon after temporarily halted new oil and gas leases on public lands.
But the Department of the Interior will also play a huge role in the Biden administration's all-of-government approach to tackling climate change.