Senator Mary Landrieu, who is set to be Chair of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today announced her support for Rhea Suh's nomination to be the Assistant Secretary of Fish, Wildlife and Parks within the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Rhea Suh has a long record of advocating against America's energy economy. This nomination is especially concerning for Louisiana as Ms. Suh played a key role in the moratorium on drilling in the Gulf, which hurt Louisiana workers. As Assistant Secretary Suh could "have the power to block natural gas recovery and eradicate resource production on vast swaths of America's federal lands, the coastal continental shelf, and astonishing amounts of private property."
"Senator Landrieu had an opportunity to stand up to President Obama and stop Rhea Suh's nomination. Senator Landrieu claimed she was indispensable to Louisiana; but the day after she announced her chairmanship she failed her first test by signing off on one of President Obama's most anti-energy nominees. This nomination will hurt Louisiana's economy and make it harder for people to find good paying energy jobs. It turns out that Senator Landrieu isn't willing to stop supporting President Obama 97% of the time, even when that means hurting her state's economy." U.S. Representative Bill Cassidy M.D.