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  • The departure of Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar and other Cabinet members gives oil and gas leaders optimism that President Obama's energy and environmental policies will be friendlier to the industry during his second term. (Associated Press)

    Interior's Salazar helps empty Obama's Cabinet

    Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar's resignation doesn't just leave another open spot in President Obama's Cabinet. The departure of the former senator from Colorado could have far-reaching effects on the administration's energy and environmental policies in a second term — particularly oil and gas drilling on federal lands.

  • Feds deny California oyster farm lease renewal

    A historic Northern California oyster farm along Point Reyes National Seashore will be shut down and the site converted to a wilderness area, U.S. Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar announced Thursday.

  • ** FILE ** U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, speaks at the National Clean Energy Summit at the Bellagio in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jessica Ebelhar)

    Wind power at forefront of Reid’s green-energy conference

    The politics of renewable energy is on the agenda Tuesday in battleground Nevada, where Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is hosting a fifth annual green-energy conference at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

  • The Department of the Interior announced on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, that it will not declare the dunes sagebrush lizard an endangered species. Officials said voluntary efforts by New Mexico and Texas have headed off the need for the federal government to step in. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

    White House retreats on endangered species protection for lizard

    The Obama administration backtracked Wednesday and announced it will not declare the dunes sagebrush lizard an endangered species, saying voluntary efforts by New Mexico and Texas have headed off the need for the federal government to step in.

  • Obama pushes tourism as job-creator

    As part of National Travel and Tourism Week, the Obama administration on Thursday announced plans to boost tourism in America by attracting almost twice as many foreign visitors over the next decade.

  • Solar project opens on federal property

    Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar on Monday cheered on the opening of the first large-scale solar power project on federal property, just three days after his department rolled out new regulations on oil and gas companies doing business on those very same lands.

  • Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    HANSON: Cabinet gone wild

    We've had some unusual Cabinet secretaries in past administrations - Earl Butz, John Mitchell and James G. Watt come to mind - but never anything quite like the present bunch.

  • Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

    Salazar says critics live in 'fairy tale' land

    Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar on Tuesday blasted the "world of fairy tales" that he thinks most Republicans and some oil and gas industry leaders live in, arguing that the Obama administration remains committed to domestic fossil fuels and any claims to the contrary are patently false.

  • **FILE** Rep. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat

    House subpoenas Obama administration on Gulf oil drilling

    A House committee issued subpoenas Tuesday demanding the Obama administration turn over documents Republicans say will show the backroom negotiations that led to President Obama's Gulf of Mexico drilling moratorium in 2010.

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

    PENDLEY: Massive land lockup threatens nuclear future

    President Obama's commitment to "all of the above" energy development apparently does not include nuclear power in light of a January order issued by Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar. The edict locks up 1 million acres of federal land in northwestern Arizona that holds the nation's highest-grade uranium ore.

  • Mitt Romney was an April fool when he was surprised by an empty room in Milwaukee. His staff members had gathered supporters in another room upstairs. Mr. Romney shared the story once he made it to the right room. (Associated Press)

    Inside Politics: Milwaukee's mayor throws wrench in union plan

    Unions backing the successful effort that forced Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker into a recall election are suddenly facing an uncomfortable scenario: Their favored candidate may not survive the Democratic primary now that Milwaukee's mayor is looking for a gubernatorial rematch.

  • ** FILE ** Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar stands in front of a map of the Grand Canyon as he announces a 20-year ban on new mining claims. (Associated Press)

    Grand Canyon uranium put off-limits

    Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar placed a 20-year moratorium Monday on new uranium mining claims in the Grand Canyon region over the objections of Western Republicans, who insisted the ban would deliver an unnecessary blow to the Northern Arizona economy.

  • Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar said his department has approved a solar farm in Arizona and a wind farm in Southern California as part of the Obama administration's drive to support renewable energy projects. (Associated Press)

    Administration boosts drive for green energy

    The Obama administration is boosting its drive to support renewable energy projects on both coasts, officials said Tuesday, including projects on public lands in the West and pushing for offshore wind energy sites in the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Solar energy gets renewed push in West

    The Obama administration on Thursday identified 17 sites in six Western states as prime candidates for solar-energy projects on public lands, continuing a push for solar power despite the high-profile bankruptcy of a solar-panel maker that received a half-billion-dollar federal loan guarantee.

  • A polar bear rests with her cubs on pack ice in northern Alaska. A federal judge in 2011 said the Bush administration violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to conduct an environmental impact review before issuing its ruling on the status of polar bears under the Endangered Species Act. (Associated Press)

    Ruling impacts on polar bears

    The polar bear landed back in the Obama administration's lap Monday after a federal judge ruled the Interior Department must conduct an environmental review before it can exclude climate change from its strategy in aiding the threatened species.

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