Udall welcomes Jewell’s experience
U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said he welcomed the experience of Sally Jewell, now the head of REI, nominated by President Barack Obama, to head the Interior Department.
“I appreciate her private-sector experience as head of one of the foremost outdoor equipment retailers, and I look forward to speaking with her about her vision for managing our public lands and how she would attack the challenges we face in Colorado and the West,” Udall said in a statement.
Udall stopped short of endorsing Jewell, noting that as a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, “I will have a hand in ensuring that Sally Jewell has the skills and policy acumen to carry out the important work of the Interior Department and uphold the legacy left by Ken Salazar and many others there.”
Jewell previously worked as a petroleum engineer before joining REI and her appointment was welcomed by environmental organizations and the Western Energy Alliance, which has criticized the agency under Salazar.