07/02/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Ken Salazar's Department Makeover: Addressing Climate, Bush Shortcuts

At the same time Salazar is working on those internal issues, he is also at the forefront of Obama's agenda for energy and climate change, which is now being worked on intensively on Capitol Hill.

"We have a huge amount to contribute to that agenda here in the department because we control 20 percent of the land mass," he said. "We have driven through the tangles of the jurisdictional disputes and have now finalized the rules for the development of offshore wind [power] here in the United States. We're doing the same thing with solar and wind onshore. ... We are on the verge of what I think is going to be a major step forward with respect to the whole renewable energy world."

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