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Obama Interior, Agriculture Appointees
Complete Anti-Energy Team

Statement on Vilsack,
Salazar Appointments

 

Washington, D.C., December
17, 2008—President-elect Obama announced two cabinet-level appointments today,
both of whom have a record of supporting policies that would make energy less
affordable.

Statement by Myron Ebell, Director of Energy and Global Warming
Policy for the Competitive Enterprise Institute:

 

President-elect Barack Obama’s nominations of Senator Ken
Salazar to be Secretary of the Interior and of former Governor Tom Vilsack to
be Secretary of Agriculture complete a team that opposes affordable energy.
As Governor of Iowa, Mr. Vilsack was a leading promoter of the ethanol
boondoggle.  Colorado Senator Salazar says he is for more oil production
on federal land, but has tried to stop one oil and gas project after another on
federal land in Colorado.

 

Senator Salazar and Governor Vilsack will join Dr. Steven
Chu, who has been nominated to be Secretary of Energy, and Carol M. Browner,
who has been appointed White House energy and global warming “czar.”  Ms.
Browner is a close ally of former Vice President Al Gore, who advocates closing
down all coal-fired power plants and banning new ones, even though coal
provides half of America’s
electricity.  Dr. Chu has declared that coal is “his worst nightmare” and
supports European levels of gasoline taxes of four or more dollars a gallon.

 

If President Obama allows his energy team to pursue their
goals, American taxpayers will be required to pay tens of billions of dollars
to special interests such as ethanol producers and windmill owners and American
consumers will see huge increases in electricity and gasoline prices.

 

For more
on energy policy, visit www.globalwarming.org