Senate Pressed BLM Nominee on Biden's Oil and Gas Lease Freeze

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The woman president biden has chosen to lead much of his ambitious climate agenda on. Us public lands appear before the senate today for her confirmation hearing montana environmentalist tracy stone manning has been tapped to be the next director of the bureau of land management it controls energy development and other activities on a tenth of all the land in the us. Here's npr's kirk siegler as montana's former top environmental regulator and chief of staff for that state's former democratic governor tracy stone. Manning did develop a reputation for bipartisan. Dealmaking which she repeatedly referenced in her first appearance before the us senate. I think that my career has shown that the only way to get things done in the country and specifically in the west is to work together stonings nomination marks a dramatic reversal from the agency's previous director. William perry penalty who hailed from rural wyoming in once suggested the. Us government shouldn't even own public land. She's from a liberal pocket of montana and more reflective of who's been gaining power and influence and much of the west lately people from cities. New mexico's martin. Heinrich is a senior democrat on the committee. The trump administration pulled penalties nomination before it could question him. Last year has been without a confirmed director for good reason in some cases for almost four and a half years that should not continue one day longer. Republicans though seize the opportunity to grill stone manning about president biden's freeze on new oil and gas leasing on public lands. They also argued her campaigning. Last year and a half of democrats was evidence. She's a polarizing pick. She shot back urging the committee to examine her entire career of brokering compromises. She said unheeded. Public land's battles elections can be tough. I was supporting my former boss. Governor bullock but the election is over and i will honor the outcome of that election but the ranking republican on the committee wyoming senator john barrosso said stone manning's recent tweets reveal a bias against energy companies. Ranchers loggers based on her record. I'm concerned the miss stone. Manning does not fill the bill. Her career has been defined by her support for policies that restrict multiple use activities on public lands and upper down vote on stone manning's nomination is expected in the coming days within need go before the full senate

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