Landrieu Continues To Advance Anti-Energy Interests

- February 12, 2014

Today, Sen. Mary Landrieu Announced That She Will Vote In Support Of Rhea Suh, Obama’s Anti-Energy Nominee For Assistant Secretary Of The Interior For Fish, Wildlife And Parks. “Barring any weather-related schedule changes, the committee was due to vote Thursday morning on Rhea Suh’s nomination to be assistant secretary of the Interior for fish and wildlife and parks, which has drawn opposition from Republicans over her role in the Obama administration’s oil and gas policies. Landrieu’s leading Republican challenger in her reelection bid, Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy, signed a letter Tuesday asking her and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) to oppose the nomination.” (Andrew Restuccia and Darren Goode, “Divisive Vote Won’t Happen On Landrieu’s Watch,” Politico, 2/12/14)

  • Landrieu: “I Will Be Supporting Her, Yes.” “Landrieu told reporters Wednesday that she will vote for Suh in committee. ‘I will be supporting her, yes,’ she said. ‘My Republican colleagues expressed a view I don’t share a lot of.’” (Andrew Restuccia and Darren Goode, “Divisive Vote Won’t Happen On Landrieu’s Watch,” Politico, 2/12/14)

Five Of Louisiana’s Six Representatives Have Written To Landrieu, Asking Her To Block Suh’s Appointment. “If Ms. Suh is confirmed to be Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, she will have an expanded role in overseeing policies that have the potential to harm energy production and private landowners within our state.  We do not believe it is appropriate to support the promotion of a senior official who has, in her own words, ‘been involved in every single one of the policy priorities from Secretary Salazar to now Secretary Jewell.’ Because the most important vote cast on nominees will now occur in Committee, we urge you to vote against her nomination when she comes before your committees.” (Reps. Cassidy, Boustany, Scalise, Fleming and McAllister, Letter To Sens. Landrieu and Vitter, 2/11/14)

Suh Has A Long History Of Opposing Energy Development

In 2007, Suh Described Natural Gas Production As “Easily The Single Greatest Threat To The Ecological Integrity Of The West.” “It's one of our most active issues. The focus is on natural gas development throughout the inter-mountain West and in Canada. The pace and magnitude of this development is easily the single greatest threat to the ecological integrity of the West.” (“‘Foundations’ - A Q&A with Rhea Suh,” The William And Flora Hewlett Foundation,” 6/1/07)

From 1998 To 2007, Suh Worked At The William And Flora Hewlett Foundation, Doling Out Grants To Environmental Groups That Then Sued To Block Energy Development. “In 1998, Suh was hired as a program officer of the Big Green megabucks William and Flora Hewlett Foundation -- current assets, $7.4 billion ($1.9 billion in 1998), according to the database CitizenAudit, created by the Washington Examiner's Luke Rosiak.  At Hewlett, Suh managed their multimillion-dollar Western grants portfolio, doling out hundreds of thousands to green groups who sued the government to block productive ventures and usurp private property rights at the federal, state and local levels from the Dakotas to Texas to the Pacific — and even helped outlaw production in 21 million acres now called the ‘Great Bear Rainforest’ in British Columbia, Canada.” (Ron Arnold, “Another Big Green Power Player Moves Up In Obama's Washington,” The Washington Examiner, 10/31/13)

In Her Current Position At The Department Of The Interior, Suh Led Negotiations Between The United States And Canada To Permanently Bar Oil, Gas And Minerals Production In The Flathead River Basin. “During her tenure at the Department, Assistant Secretary Suh has led diplomatic negotiations for an international agreement that will permanently protect the Flathead River basin ecosystem in the U.S. and Canada from oil, gas and minerals development.” (Rhea Suh Biography, Chief Human Capital Officers Council, Accessed 2/11/14)


Landrieu’s Leadership PAC, JAZZ PAC, Has Contributed Thousands Of Dollars To Help Elect Some Of The Most Liberal Democrats In The Senate, To The Detriment Of Louisiana. “Behind the scenes, however, Ms. Landrieu has been working just as hard to make sure she's irrelevant. Through the auspices of JAZZ PAC, her leadership political action committee, she has from 2006 to 2012 contributed some $380,000 to re-elect some of the most ardent Senate opponents of the oil and gas industry. One result is a bloc of liberal members who easily cancel out Ms. Landrieu's votes and guarantee the defeat of legislation designed to help Louisiana.” (Kimberly A. Strassel, “Mary Landrieu And All That JAZZ,” The Wall Street Journal, 12/19/13)

Landrieu Contributed More Than $300,000 To 37 Out Of The 48 Democratic Senators Who Blocked Allowing New Offshore Oil And Gas Leases In 2012. “An example: In March 2012, Ms. Landrieu's fellow Louisiana senator, Republican David Vitter, managed to get a vote on an amendment that would have implemented a 2008 offshore drilling plan to allow new oil and gas leases throughout the Outer Continental Shelf. Ms. Landrieu voted for the amendment.  But JAZZ PAC helped finance Democrats who defeated the Vitter amendment by 12 votes. Of the 48 Democrats who voted against Louisiana oil and gas that day, JAZZ PAC had contributed to 37 of them—more than $300,000 in total.” (Kimberly A. Strassel, “Mary Landrieu And All That JAZZ,” The Wall Street Journal, 12/19/13)

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