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If confirmed, he would join Interior Secretary Gale Norton, a former Colorado attorney general, and Kathleen Clarke, head of the Bureau of Land Management, who was previously Leavitt’s director of natural resources.
Gov. Leavitt has been active in environmental matters in his region and is currently sits as co-chair of the Western Regional Air Partnership. He shares the administration’s philosophy of more decision power by local and state authorities and less by the federal government. Leavitt has stated that he believes in a spirit of openness and bipartisanship. However, environmental activists are not convinced of his promise to collaborate and warn that a weakening of federal environmental protection will lead to problems.