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Ken Salazar, JD Biography

Former Secretary of the US Department of the Interior
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“The Bureau of Land Management has identified a total of approximately 20.6 million acres of public land with wind energy potential in the 11 western states and approximately 29.5 million acres with solar energy potential in the six southwestern states. There are also over 140 million acres of public land in western states and Alaska with geothermal resource potential.

There is also significant wind and wave potential in our offshore waters. The National Renewable Energy Lab has identified more than 1,000 gigawatts of wind potential off the Atlantic coast, and more than 900 gigawatts of wind potential off the Pacific Coast.

Renewable energy companies are looking to partner with the government to develop this renewable energy potential. We should responsibly facilitate this development…

At the same time, we must recognize that we will likely be dependent on conventional sources – oil, gas, and coal – for a significant portion of our energy for many years to come.”

Statement before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee
on Energy Development on the Public Lands
and Outer Continental Shelf,, Mar. 17, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Secretary, US Department of the Interior (DOI), 2009-2013
  • US Senator (D-CO), 2004-2009
  • Attorney General, State of Colorado, 1999-2004
  • Executive Director, Colorado Department of Natural Resources, 1990-1994
  • Chief Legal Council, Colorado Governor Roy Romer, 1987-1994
  • Former Chair, Peace Officers Standards and Training Board
  • Former Chair, Colorado Water Conservation Board
  • Former Member, Board of Trustees of Colorado College
  • Former Chair, Conference of Western Attorneys General
  • JD, University of Michigan Law School, 1981
  • BA, Political Science, Colorado College, 1977
  • Recipient, Honorary Doctorate of Law, University of Denver, 1999
  • Recipient, Honorary Doctorate of Law, Colorado College, 1993
Quoted in:
  1. Is Wind Power an Economical Alternative to Conventional Energy?