Interior Secretary Deb Haaland – Incompetent or Confused?

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is the first Native American to serve as a Cabinet Secretary. Which would be a great milestone, if she knew anything. Her answers to Congressional questions recently verged on total ignorance as she spoke in circles with various responses that went from “we will always follow the law” when they haven’t, to “no.”

She does not appear to understand the basics of critical elements for EVs like cobalt and lithium, which are primarily controlled by China. The plans of the Biden administration will prevent these elements from being mined in the US and make us even more dependent on China. Secretary Haaland appeared to be unaware of this. When asked directly whether she was aware of the critical mineral issues, her answer was “No.”

 “Anyone looking at the actions you have taken would concede that your actions have made us further dependent on China, particularly for rare earth elements.” Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Guy Reschenthaler

“Just answer the question”

There is a wind project called “Lava Ridge” in Southern Idaho, which she knew nothing about, despite two other Congressmen previously talking to her about it. She said she would look at it, but when pressed by Senator Risch, she gave “glittering generalities.”

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I was disappointed the Secretary didn’t know basic information about the project, even though both Congressmen Simpson and Fulcher asked her about it previously. It’s astounding to me that she didn’t seem to understand even the basic information about the communities it would impact. So I gave her the highlights:

Lava Ridge would take up 146,000 acres of Idaho’s working public lands.

Lava Ridge would construct more than 370 turbines ranging in size from the Statue of Liberty to more than 100 feet over the Seattle Space Needle.

Lava Ridge would drastically impair the Minidoka National Historic Site’s surrounding landscape. The Secretary couldn’t identify Minidoka as more than “historical,” let alone recognize its importance as a former detention site for Japanese Americans during WWII.  (Sen Jim Risch, R-ID)

Her answers ran in circles and were largely irrelevant. But that wasn’t all. In her responses to Senator Barrasso (R-WY), she claimed to “always follow the law” when clearly the Biden administration has not done so.

Oil and gas leases are REQUIRED by law.  Yet the administration, and Deb Haaland in particular have thwarted the attempts of companies to obtain those leases.

The leftist media is fond of pointing fingers at the Republican members of Congress who strongly question the Biden administration members. But the fact is that the current administration is incompetent with regard to serving the people of this nation.  They do not care about the after-effects of their “green agenda,” nor do they wish to listen to the citizens who are affected by it. The current administration will push their climate change lie as hard as possible in order to destroy the United States. How long will the citizens of the USA go along with it?



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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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