TO:             Interested Parties
FROM:      Lori Lodes, Climate Power Executive Director
RE:             Senate Climate Deniers Are Foot Soldiers in Attack on Haaland

Almost as quickly as President Joe Biden announced his nomination of Deb Haaland for Secretary of the Interior – and who will sit for her nomination hearing on Tuesday – there were climate deniers in Congress and outside oil and gas allies fear-mongering and spreading lies about her strong record. 

As you’re reporting on these attacks, it is vital to remember that these criticisms are not good-faith arguments or criticisms of Haaland. Instead, it’s a desperate attempt by the oil and gas lobby and their allies in Congress who benefit from fossil fuel campaign donations to label her as “radical” for protecting our nation’s natural resources and stop any progress on climate action.

Haaland, an enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo, is both a historic and exceptionally qualified nominee for the Department of Interior where her responsibility will be to manage our nation’s public lands and oversee relationships with our 574 American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities. Haaland will help advance President Biden’s climate and economic agenda that will create millions of good-paying union jobs, uphold Tribal Sovereignty, and put the peoples’ right to clean air and water before the profits of oil and gas companies. 

Below are some important facts to remember as climate-denying Senators will be questioning and attempting to weaken Haaland’s nomination next week: 

The oil and gas lobby views Haaland as a threat to their profits and that desperation is driving the worst attacks on her nomination.

Haaland has the experience to lead the Department of the Interior, enabling her to hit the ground running while working with Tribal and frontline communities in a historic way. 

Deb Haaland has a record of accomplishments in the House and has worked with both Democrats and Republicans to serve her constituents.