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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)

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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)

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** 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)

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At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Wednesday, (from left) Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, Jill Biden, Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar and Sen. Jack Reed applaud during a groundbreaking ceremony for an education center that will tell the stories of generations of veterans killed in combat. (Associated Press)

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At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Wednesday, (from left) Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, Jill Biden, Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar and Sen. Jack Reed applaud during a groundbreaking ceremony for an education center that will tell the stories of generations of veterans killed in combat. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden (center) and Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar arrive for a memorial service at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., on Tuesday, passing the Wall of Names bearing the names of the 40 passengers and crew members aboard Flight 93 who died when it was hijacked and crashed on Sept. 11, 2001. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden (center) and Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar arrive for a memorial service at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., on Tuesday, passing the Wall of Names bearing the names of the 40 passengers and crew members aboard Flight 93 who died when it was hijacked and crashed on Sept. 11, 2001. (Associated Press)

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Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar omitted coal when he laid out the Obama administration’s energy feats over the past 3½ years Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)

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Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar omitted coal when he laid out the Obama administration’s energy feats over the past 3½ years Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)

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Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar may hold discussions about how to proceed with a disputed memorial honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Associated Press)

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Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar may hold discussions about how to proceed with a disputed memorial honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Associated Press)

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California Gov. Jerry Brown (left), Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar (right) and Uwe T. Schmidt of Solar Trust attend an event near Blythe, Calif., for the Blythe Solar Power Project in June. (Associated Press)

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President Obama and Secretary of the Interior Kenneth L. Salazar exit Air Force One at the Roswell International Air Center in Roswell, N.M., last week. Over the weekend, Mr. Obama issued a release inviting industry input on an oil and gas lease sale in Alaska's Cook Inlet. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar (right) is accompanied by (from far left) Sen. Bill Nelson, National Park Ranger Supervisor Al Mercado and Ron Bergeron of the Fish and Wildlife Service showing off a 13-foot python from the Everglades.

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** 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)

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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)

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Last year, U.S. Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar approved the project after nine years of grinding federal review, hailing it as "a new direction in our nation's energy future." (Associacted Press)