01/04/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Environmentalists Thrilled About Richardson As Commerce Secretary

Several big environmental groups have issued statements praising Barack Obama's nomination of Bill Richardson today to serve as secretary of commerce. The pick, they said, will help spur green business.

National Wildlife Federation President and CEO Larry Schweiger:

If there's anyone who understands that a green shovel can help dig us out of our economic crisis, it's Bill Richardson. He knows that clean energy and climate action can create jobs and repower America's economy while protecting our natural resources.

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