Interior secretary nominee Haaland enters day two of confirmation hearing

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WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 23: Congresswoman Deb Haaland, D-NM, speaks during the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on her nomination to be Interior Secretary on February 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. If confirmed, Haaland would become the first Native American Cabinet secretary in U.S. history. (Photo by Jim Watson-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KRQE)-  Interior secretary nominee Rep. Deb Haaland entered day two of her confirmation hearing with the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources on Wednesday, February 24.

During day one of the hearing on Tuesday, Haaland was questioned by lawmakers who asked about oil and gas production as well as her comments on climate change. New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich introduced Haaland and in her opening statement, she urged moving forward on oil, gas, and clean energy in a bipartisan manner.

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Haaland would be in charge of the country’s natural resources including oil and gas drilling, as well as managing one-fifth of the land in the U.S. — including tribal lands. If confirmed, Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo, would be the first Native American to lead a Cabinet agency in U.S. history. 

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