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10/28/2014 12:09 pm ET Updated Oct 29, 2014

Secretary Of The Interior Sally Jewell Looks To Millennials To Push The Climate Change Agenda

Despite the partisan squabbles that seem to be consuming Congress these days, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has faith that millennials can make serious progress in American domestic policies.

In an interview with HuffPost Live on Monday, Jewell said that because environmental issues are a priority for younger voters, they could help turn the tide on climate change.

“My optimism rests with the young generation. The millennial generation cares deeply about [climate change], and they want to be part of the solution,” she told host Josh Zepps. “And they aren’t pleased with the elected officials in Congress. You see that in approval ratings.”

With the growing influence of young voters, they will soon be a force to be reckoned with, Jewell added.

“You’re certainly seeing the president elected with strong support from a younger generation because I think they believe in his policies,” she said. “As they become a more significant voting block, roughly a third of all voters, I think, by 2020 ... will be from the millennial generation. You’ll see that their views really carry and carry a lot of political weight.”

Watch the full HuffPost Live interview with Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell here.

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