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Deb Haaland Is Ideal Choice for Interior Secretary

WASHINGTON - The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is set today to hold a hearing on the nomination of Rep. Debra Haaland, D-NM to be Secretary of the Interior. 

The following is a statement by NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) President Mitch Bernard:

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"Rep. Haaland understands the science of climate change. We can count on her, if confirmed, to make sure that nature is a solution to, and not a victim of, our climate crisis. 

As the first Native American to serve as a federal cabinet secretary, Haaland would play a crucial role in reforming government relations with Indigenous peoples and bringing their values to the table, helping us to combat a climate catastrophe."

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The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.

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