On Tuesday, Rep. Deb Haaland spoke in front of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in her first confirmation hearing to be U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) secretary.
However, during the committee, her extreme left-wing agenda was picked apart by even the most moderate senators in the committee, angered by the Biden administration’s assault on fossil fuels energy.
Despite claiming in her opening statement that “fossil energy does and will continue to play a major role in America for years to come. I know how important oil and gas revenues are… critical services, but we must also recognize that the energy industry is innovating and our climate challenge must be addressed.”
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) challenged Haaland on her previous comment claiming “Republicans don’t believe in science,” asking her if she truly believed GOP senators, especially him as a doctor, rejects science. “If you’re a doctor, I would assume you believe in science.” Barrasso clapped back, “It’s a concern of us here today.”
Also, her comments about her desire to ban “stop all gas and oil leasing on federal and public lands” if she “had her way.”
When Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) challenged Haaland on presidential authority regarding public lands, she tried to change the subject, talking about Lee’s home state’s natural resources. “Senator, I want to say, um, I’m, I’m a little jealous that you’re from Utah and I’m from New Mexico because I know you have so much beautiful land there and a lot of history. I’ve been to Bears Ears, and the Pueblo Indians’ ancestral homeland is there, and I realize it covers a very wide space.” Lee did not take kindly to her pandering.
Even moderate Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) took offense to Biden’s singling out of Alaska in his extreme “climate change” proposals. She said, “Why is this administration out to get us?” Haaland responded, “I want you to know that if I’m confirmed, I will rely heavily on our relationship moving forward.”
During Sen. Martin Heinrich’s (D-NM) commentary on Haaland, he defended Joe Biden’s extreme job-killing anti-energy policies, which Haaland would champion at DOI. He said. “
“We have not lost thousands of jobs in the oil and gas sector in New Mexico because there is no ban and because the industry stockpiled an enormous number of leases under the fire sale that Secretary Berhardt had at the end of the last administration. However, I want to say we do recognize that we will need to move to a fully decarbonized economy. And frankly, pretending that isn’t going to happen is not going to serve any of our workers well. I would submit that our energy workers would be best served if those of us on this committee show leadership by both investing in energy communities that have put us where we are today and in the technologies necessary to actively manage this transition.”
The meeting adjourned until Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. ET, where it is uncertain if Haaland will be successfully confirmed. Sen. Manchin, the chairman of the committee, shoed hesitate in supporting Haaland’s nomination, which garnered shade from socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, where she blasted him for his vote to confirm the former Attorney General Jeff Sessions:
Call these senators on the fence asking them to oppose Haaland’s nomination:
CHAIRMAN — Sen Joe Manchin (D-WV) 202-224-3954 — EXTREMELY important
Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) 202-224-5941
Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) 202-224-2235
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) (202) 224-5824
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) (202)-224-6665 — EXTREMELY important
Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) is also on the committee, however, he has pledged to vote for Haaland. Feel free to call his office anyway and share your dissatisfaction: (202) 224-5521