REI CEO Nominated For Interior Secretary

All caveats about the broken nature of our government aside, this seems like it has to be good news:

President Obama on Wednesday nominated Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) chief executive Sally Jewell to head the Interior Department, praising her as a leader who “knows the link between conservation and good jobs.”

The choice of Jewell, who began her career as an engineer for Mobil Oil and worked as a commercial banker before heading a nearly $2 billion outdoors equipment company, represents an unconventional choice for a post usually reserved for career politicians from the West.

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One Response to REI CEO Nominated For Interior Secretary

  1. Douglas Hunter February 12, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    I don’t know that much about Jewell but from her initial statements it seems she is signaling that she wants to take a “balancing” approach. I’m not an absolutist when it comes to the environment, but in the past a balancing approach seems to often mean that the priorities of groups with the most lobbying power get met first.

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