LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Today marked a memorable day in Washington, D.C. as Americans all over the country tuned in to watch Congresswoman Deb Haaland testify before the U.S. Senate on her nomination as Secretary of Interior. Following the Senate Committee hearing, Nevada Conservation League Executive Director Paul Selberg offered the below statement in support of her nomination and urged Nevada Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen to vote in favor of her confirmation:
“The Nevada Conservation League is proud to offer our unequivocal support for Congresswoman Deb Haaland to lead the Department of the Interior. A long-time champion for public lands, clean water, and renewable energy and an enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo Tribe, Deb Haaland brings a unique, authentic experience critical to reshaping the Department.
We are confident that Congresswoman Haaland will work tirelessly to protect Nevada’s public lands, starting with efforts to halt speculative oil and gas leasing on lands with little or zero potential that have compromised over 2.5 million acres of Nevada’s lands in just the last four years — an effort spearheaded by Nevada’s own Senator Cortez Masto. We know that Congresswoman Haaland will be instrumental in the improvement of the management of our outdoor areas by prioritizing efforts of indigenous communities and the preservation of land and wildlife.
After today’s hearing, it’s clear that Congresswoman Haaland has the expertise, empathetic leadership, and commitment to collaboration most-fitting to lead a department dedicated to the protection of our natural resources and critical for addressing the climate crisis — and we can’t wait a moment longer. We urge Senator Cortez Masto, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Senator Rosen to not only vote in favor of this historic nomination but also to encourage their colleagues to do the same.
Our nationwide efforts to protect people, air, water, and land from the climate crisis can only be as strong as the leaders we put at the forefront. We anticipate strong support from our sitting Senators and look forward to this historic opportunity for real change at the Interior Department.”
In early February, Congresswoman Deb Haaland led the introduction of the Thirty by Thirty Resolution to Save Nature, which sets a goal for the U.S. to conserve at least 30% of U.S. lands and oceans by 2030. On Thursday, a similar bill was introduced in the Nevada State Legislature by Assemblywoman Cecelia González.