Issues of concern to people who live in the west: property rights, water rights, endangered species, livestock grazing, energy production, wilderness and western agriculture. Plus a few items on western history, western literature and the sport of rodeo... Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Obama says Salazar acted too slowly to overhaul MMS
President Obama is acknowledging that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar — and the White House — did not move fast enough to overhaul the former Minerals Management Service (MMS). “What Ken would admit, and I would admit, and what we both have to take responsibility for, is that we did not fully change the institutional conflicts that were inherent in that office,” Obama told Rolling Stone, in an interview published online Tuesday. “If you ask why did we not get that done, the very simple answer is that this a big government with a lot of people, and changing bureaucracies and agencies is a time-consuming process. We just didn’t get to it fast enough.” He said he personally delivered that assessment to his Interior secretary. “I had to just let him know, ‘You’re accountable, you’re responsible, I expect you to change it.’” Obama added he has “confidence that he can change it, and I think he’s in the process of doing so.”...more