Candidate brings a unique background to nation’s top land manager

HOUSTON, TX — The Obama Administration announced today that Sally Jewell, the CEO of outdoor gear company REI, is the administration’s choice to become the nation’s 51st Secretary of the Interior. Jewell is a relative newcomer to political circles. Consumer Energy Alliance welcomes the opportunity to learn more about Ms. Jewell’s priorities during the confirmation process.

Upon release of the announcement, Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) President David Holt issued the following statement:

“As others have noted, the jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior is extremely broad and requires leadership that recognizes the multiple goals and the responsible use of our nation’s federal lands and resources. CEA and our more than 200 affiliate members representing virtually every aspect of the U.S. economy look forward to learning about Ms. Jewell’s thoughts on this matter and her priorities for the Department of the Interior during the forthcoming confirmation process.”

“One of the most defining issues for the next Secretary of the Interior will be providing consistent and reasonable access to abundant energy resources located within the boundaries of our federal lands. The next Secretary of the Interior will preside over decisions that could dramatically change the trajectory of our energy future, namely the future of Outer Continental Shelf energy development and hydraulic fracturing on public lands. Developing these resources while protecting our environment is of the utmost importance, and one that could allow the U.S. to become energy self-sufficient in just a few years.”

“Given these multiple goals, it’s comforting to know that as the executive of a multi-billion dollar retail business, Jewell should understand well the impact that high energy costs can have on operational expenses for businesses and the price of manufactured goods, including REI’s signature camping gear and other products. As such, CEA hopes Jewell will pursue efforts that thoughtfully expand domestic energy production – both traditional and renewable – in order to support American businesses and consumers.”