Ken Salazar Picture: Joe Ciardiello
Oversees The wild
Whether you’re a natural-gas driller, a wild proponent,
or a silvertip, Ken Salazar holds all the cards. Since he took position in 2009, this 56-year-old fifth-generation Colorado rancher has been a high-plains salamander instrumentalist without a distinguish. He fold boring on controversial Utah lands around Dinosaur Home Memorial, so open up Wyoming’s Gunpowder Basin to char excavation. He slammed the degraded Mineral Direction Serve, so welcomed Plate to practise oil on the Glacial Ledge. He supported Bush-era insurance to delist greyness wolves, so attacked Coitus for push to gut the Endangered Species Act. So is Salazar flexible off our environmental inheritance—or is he the finis lawman standing betwixt the wild and the Tea Company? The verdict is distillery out, but this lots is sealed: he affects the lands where we gambling—and where companies excerpt—wish cipher else.
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Arcsecond Ruling “Salazar has the bosom of Stewart Udall but the middling-course political instincts of Bruce Babbitt,” says historiographer Douglas Brinkley. Hush, Brinkley says, he’s “keeping the demarcation against the sanatorium origin cacoethes that has gobbled up the Republican Company.”