Deb Haaland: New Interior Secretary Has Anti-Alaskan Agenda

Deb Haaland:  New Interior Secretary Has Anti-Alaskan Agenda

December 22, 2020

When this summer’s COVID-19 HEROES Act relief bill was passed, New Mexico Congresswoman Deb Haaland wasn’t happy.

To Haaland, a member of the Pueblo Nation, an injustice against “real” tribes was included in the Act, when some of the $8 billion was earmarked for Alaska Natives, through their federally-established Alaska Regional Corporations.

“We’re holding the Trump administration accountable for the blatant mismanaging of funding included for tribes,” Haaland said on a live broadcast hosted by The Appeal. “It was clear they attempted to put corporations ahead of sovereign governments, and that delayed the funding.”

Haaland’s barefaced attack on Alaska’s indigenous population was disgusting, but her disdain for Alaska and its people may only be getting started.

Haaland – despite being from a state driven by responsible development in its oil, gas and mining sectors – is clearly an extremist when it comes to killing traditional energy jobs.

A first-day co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, she campaigned heavily for Elizabeth Warren during the Democrat primaries.  Warren, like Haaland, believes in a “just transition” away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. 

With Haaland set to lead the Department of the Interior, Alaskans should be worried.  After all, not only is 62% of our state lands under federal control, but a massive amount of the development opportunities on the North Slope are federally-managed.

With Haaland showing a clear anti-Alaska, anti-jobs, anti-traditional-energy bias, it might be a long four years in the Great Land.