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Vice President Joseph R. Biden (center) and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (right) walk in front of the Wall of Names, containing the names of the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93, as they arrive for a memorial service at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, is seen on the large screen above the stage. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)

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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar gestures during an interview with the Associated Press on Sept. 21, 2011, in Washington. (Associated Press)

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Gordon Felt front left, President of Families of Flight 93 whose brother Edward was a passenger on Flight 93, walks alongside Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar as Speaker of the House John Boehner, former President Bill Clinton and former President George W. Bush walk behind as they walk to the stage at the dedication of phase 1 of the permanent Flight 93 National Memorial near the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., Saturday Sept. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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Tuesday's announcement by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (center) that a federal agency has approved plans for the Cape Wind project off the Massachusetts coast clears the way for America's first offshore wind farm. (Associated Press)

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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (left) and Energy Secretary Steven Chu look over a map of areas under consideration for wind energy development. Leasing of sites could begin by the end of the year. They made the announcement Monday morning. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, flanked by Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Michael R. Bromwich (center) and Assistant Interior Secretary Tom Strickland, visits Louisiana on Monday, Nov 22, 2010. He promised to work with the oil and gas industry and to "ensure that everyone understands the rules of the road." (Associated Press)

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U.S President Barack Obama flanked by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates hosts a Cabinet Meeting as Secretary Of Defense Robert Gates looks on in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington D.C. on September 15 2010. UPI/Olivier Douliery/Pool

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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar takes a closer look Thursday in an area that was open water two years ago before a wetlands restoration project in the Delta National Wildlife Refuge off Louisiana. He and other federal officials led an inspection tour of the refuge in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.

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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar takes a closer look Thursday in an area that was open water two years ago before a wetlands restoration project in the Delta National Wildlife Refuge off Louisiana. He and other federal officials led an inspection tour of the refuge in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.

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"Our decision-making must be fully informed by an understanding of the potential environmental consequences of federal actions," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said.

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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says deep-water drilling must be suspended until investigators can determine a cause for the April 20 explosion that led to millions of barrels of oil being released into the Gulf of Mexico, a problem that is ongoing. (Associated Press)

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In this June 23, 2010, file photo Michael Bromwich, who now heads the government agency that oversees offshore drilling, the Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, left, is seen with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, right, as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)