Gale Norton Resigns, cont’d.

By March 12, 2006General

As we noted yesterday, Interior Secretary Gale Norton is leaving the Cabinet after five exemplary years of service. Over the years, she has endeavored to increase domestic supplies of energy while being a faithful steward of the environment. This has chapped some environmentalists who don’t want any increased domestic supply of energy at all. They don’t really have an alternative plan other than conservation — which we also support, by the way — but which won’t get the job done. Seems they’d rather have the excess production come from countries that will not take as good care of the environment as we would.

So here’s the lead of an AP story yesterday by Jennifer Talhelm:

“Western lands more open to oil and gas drilling and to logging. A greater emphasis on making federal land accessible to the public. Fewer protections for wilderness. Those are part of the legacy of Gale Norton’s five years as interior secretary.”

The story goes on to grudgingly note some of her successes, but it gives far more weight to the enviros’ view than to, well, reality. The reliably liberal New York Times piled on today with its own slanted view, reading more like the enviros’ talking points.

Here’s a link to the statement put out by the Interior Department on Friday, announcing Secretary Norton’s departure. Among other things, it says:

“In her five years at Interior, Secretary Norton’s focus has been to:

— Encourage Cooperative Conservation throughout the United States
— Implement the President’s Healthy Forests Initiative
— Negotiate an end to decades-long water conflicts in the West
— Improve national parks and wildlife refuges
— Promote responsible energy development
— Improve services to Indian country
— Improve science for a changing world
— Implement the President’s Management Agenda “

A little different perspective, no? For what it’s worth, our view is more in line with the Department of Interior’s. That’s certainly our experience. She was a good manager, a good leader and one committed to decrease our reliance on foreign sources of energy and ultimately bring down the costs of energy here. That made the enviros mad, since they’ve succeeded over the past 30 years in slowing any new domestic production and driving our prices through the roof. This is bad for manufacturers, bad for all consumers, bad especially for those on a fixed income. But the enviros really don’t care.

And so we say again, bravo to Secretary Norton for a courageous tenure marked by efforts to fix the problem of too little supplies of domestic energy. You’ll likely not get that view from the mainstream media (MSM). Wonder why?