Ken Salazar vows (again) to stay put
Let there be no doubt: Ken Salazar is staying in Washington.
"At this moment in history, with this president, and with the agenda we have ahead of us, I would rather be Secretary of the Interior than anything else in the world," Salazar said Thursday afternoon during a town hall meeting at Interior headquarters in Washington.
Salazar said someone recently asked him if he'd rather serve as transportation secretary of attorney general, but, “If you look at the world that I get to work on, it’s a wonderful world."
"When you think about this department, it really is a wonderful icon of the American people and I am very, very proud to be your secretary of interior and I look forward to working with you in the year ahead," he said.
Salazar listed several of the department's 2009 accomplishments during his speech, including the distribution of billions of economic stimulus dollars to conservation and public parks projects, his decision to reopen the crown of the Statue of Liberty, the ground breaking on a national memorial to the Flight 93 crash in Pennsylvania, and continuing restoration efforts at the Everglades, Chesapeake Bay and Great Lakes, among other spots.
"I’m proud that we have restored the role of science in decision-making," he said, and noted that brown pelicans and gray wolves in Montana and Idaho have been removed from the endangered species list.
But Salazar earned his biggest round of applause when he announced that the building's cafeteria will reopen on May 1. Priorities people, priorities.
| January 14, 2010; 4:12 PM ET
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