WASHINGTON – Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement upon learning that U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar plans to step down from the Cabinet this spring:
“In recent years, Ken has been a strong partner in working to strengthen our natural environment, to better manage and conserve our natural resources, and to grow our clean-energy economy – both in Delaware and across our country. But perhaps more importantly, we’ve been good friends since he joined the Senate in 2005. I will miss Ken’s passionate work in the President’s Administration, but I wish him only the best as he returns home to Colorado.
“Ken has been a close ally in my push, along with Sen. Chris Coons and Rep. John Carney, to create Delaware’s first national park. As the lone state without a park, Ken recognized from the beginning that our state has a unique place in American history whose story is notably absent from the existing canon of our national parks. He’s been a champion for Delaware, and I deeply appreciate the many ways he has helped us get closer to securing a park, as well as his commitment to other priorities for the First State. Ken has been a leading voice for expanding alternative energy on federal lands. Specifically, I want to thank him and his team for their leadership on offshore wind. He has been a steadfast partner in ensuring that we can soon harness wind energy off the coast of Delaware and beyond. Also, Ken has been a powerful ally in conserving our precious natural resources, like the Delaware Bayshore, as well as investing in tourism and recreation. With Ken’s departure, Delaware is losing a key advocate, but I look forward to building on the partnership Ken helped forge between the Interior Department and Delaware – one that pushed our state to grow and thrive while securing our natural treasures for generations to come.”