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US Department of the Interior Biography

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“As part of securing America’s energy future, we must move our nation toward a clean-energy economy. At Interior this means changing the way we do business by opening our doors to responsible development of renewable energy on our public lands. We are facilitating environmentally appropriate renewable-energy projects involving solar, wind and waves, geothermal, biofuels and hydropower. These resources, developed in the right ways and the right places, will help curb our dependence on foreign oil, reduce our use of fossil fuels and promote new industries here in America…

To move our nation toward energy independence while it builds a clean-energy economy, we must continue to develop our conventional resources in the right ways and in the right places. Oil, gas and coal form the cornerstone of our nation’s energy base and will continue to do so for many years to come.”

“New Energy Frontier,” (accessed Apr. 11, 2013)


“The U.S. Department of the Interior uses sound science to manage and sustain America’s lands, water, wildlife, and energy resources, honors our nation’s responsibilities to tribal nations, and advocates for America’s island communities.

As keepers our nation’s legacy, we manage the resources in our care to benefit Americans now and in the future. Under the leadership of Secretary Ken Salazar, our department and its employees are developing and implementing the cutting-edge science and expert management techniques that make this possible. We are also taking actions to help America transform the challenges it faces today into opportunities for tomorrow.”

“What We Do,” (accessed Apr. 12, 2013)


“Protecting America’s Great Outdoors and Powering Our Future. The U.S. Department of the Interior protects America’s natural resources and heritage, honors our cultures and tribal communities, and supplies the energy to power our future.”

“Mission Statement,” (accessed Apr. 12, 2013)

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