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Emily Deanne, edeanne@nrdc.org, (860) 318-6636; Anne Hawke, ahawke@nrdc.org, (646) 823-4518

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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:

"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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