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From our vantage point in Golden, CO and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, we at Mountainsmith are hopeful that President Obama’s recent nomination of Sally Jewell to lead the US Department of the interior is confirmed after the hearing process with the US Senate.  In a 2012 report, the outdoor industry was found to support 6.1 million jobs and $646 million in recreation spending each year.  Our industry is ranks in the top 3 in the nation behind only healthcare and finance and above industries such as pharmaceuticals and automotive (Source: 2012 OIA Outdoor Recreation Economy Report).  With Mrs. Jewell’s perspective on what our large and influential industry offers the US economy, we are hopeful that this will equate to a focus on increased participation in outdoor recreation, sound management of the lands on which we play and careful consideration of our natural resources.

President Obama nominated Sally Jewell, CEO of REI, to Secretary of the Interior on February 6, 2013.
President Obama nominated Sally Jewell, CEO of REI, to Secretary of the Interior on February 6, 2013.

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  1. Yes, I was hopeful at first until I did some research and CS Monitor online had more of the same old corporate corruption to report.

    In a recent statement, Ms. Jewell’s approves for 21 million acres to be opened for energy exploration. Her years with API, belies her trekking about with REI. Guess the 19 years in the petrol business took over at the last minute. Follow the money.
    Another day, another disappointment for our home planet.
    c r

    “When Obama rolled her out earlier this year, the American Petroleum Institute stressed the U.S.” energy revolution” lies in her hands. Before ruling over REI, she spent 19 years in the commercial banking sector and as an engineer for Mobil Oil Corp. before it merged with Exxon. The day after the GSA announcement, she backed into API’s corner by announcing plans to offer energy explorers more than 21 million acres offshore Texas in an August lease sale. The Gulf of Mexico, she said, is the “cornerstone of the United States’ energy portfolio.”

    Lawmakers in the House of Representatives last week passed legislation that would open up acreage along the U.S.-Mexico maritime border. As much as 85 percent of the leasable acreage in the Gulf of Mexico, the so-called cornerstone of U.S. energy, is still off limits, API’s Eric Milito testified. Opening up more acreage, he said, would add to the 8 million barrels of oil expected from the United States per day by the end of 2014. That didn’t sit too well with the Sierra Club, however, which said there’s “clearly enough” acreage available to keep the energy industry busy. (Related article: Statoil Eyes “Considerable” North Sea Discovery)” end of quote

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