Washington (AP) —The White House has appointed former Obama administration official Tommy Bodlow as Deputy Secretary of the Interior after withdrawing plans for a more liberal candidate in the face of major Senate opposition.
President Joe Biden nominated Baudrow, the former director of the ministry’s former director of the Department of Marine Energy Management, on Wednesday. Founded after a catastrophic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the agency oversees offshore drilling and wind power.
Baudrow is politically close to Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, a former chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Commission, who grew up in Alaska and has significant influence on issues in oil drilling, endangered species, and other sectors. .. Democrats who now lead the committee, Murkowski and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, opposed Biden’s plan to appoint former Home Office official Elizabeth Klein as deputy secretary.
Marcusski and Manchin told the White House that progressive Klein was concerned that the progressive Klein wasn’t enough counterweight for former New Mexico Democratic Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, who criticized the oil and gas industry. It was.
The appointment of Baudrow is widely seen as an attempt to win the support of moderates Murkowski and Manchin, who are essential to Biden’s many priorities, including the $ 2.3 trillion infrastructure and clean energy program.
Murkowski was one of the four Republican senators who voted in favor of Harland, the first Native American to lead the cabinet, citing Harland’s views on oil drilling and other resource development. He said he had a hard time making the decision. Manchin also hesitated for a few weeks before announcing his support for Haaland.
Beaudreau is a lawyer at Latham & Watkins’ Washington office and a member of the company’s Environmental, Land and Resources division.
He told E & E News in a 2013 interview that growing up in Alaska was crucial to his role in the Home Office. “I know how important resource development is to the state. It’s the economic blood of the nation. But I also know how important the outdoors are to everyone in Alaska. Everyone in Alaska wants to see it preserved and protected, “he said.
Beaudreau later served as acting secretary and chief of staff under then-secretary Sally Jewell.
Klein also worked in the sector working on renewable energy and climate change during the Obama administration. Most recently, he was Deputy Director of the Environmental Center at NYU School of Law.
Biden will nominate former Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s former White House Chief of Staff, Tracy Stone Manning, as the leader of the Land Management Department next week. Before the official announcement, I took up the issue publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. BLM oversees approximately 2.5 billion acres of public rangelands and wilderness, primarily in western states.
She left Brock’s office in 2017 to take up senior positions in the National Wildlife Federation, where she led the environmental group’s public land conservation efforts and the Trump administration to expand oil and gas drilling and mining. I frankly criticized his actions. She was previously the Director of the Montana Environmental Quality Agency, an aide to Senator John Tester, and the Director of the Environmental Group.
Klein will remain a senior adviser to the Interior Ministry, along with Jennifer van der Heide, who is the Chief of Staff but will be demoted to senior counselor this month. Van der Heide ran into a problem at the White House after asking for a large indoor celebration confirmed by Harland during the COVID-19 pandemic. Former Deputy Secretary-General of the Indians, Larry Roberts, becomes Harland’s Chief of Staff.
Harland defended Klein and Van der Heide in an interview with a reporter this month, calling them “two awesome women.” They are devoted civil servants and I look forward to working with them for many years, both of them remaining on my senior staff. “
The Associated Press writer Matthew Brown of Billings, Montana contributed to this report.