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STATEMENT: John Podesta on Resignation of David Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior

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Contact: Anne Shoup
Phone: 202.481.7146

Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress Chair John Podesta issued the following statement on the resignation of Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes:

Serving two presidents with honor and distinction, David Hayes has helped solve some of the nation’s most complicated natural-resources challenges over the past two decades. He has brokered everything from water deals in California to the settlements of longstanding injustices in Indian country. He has been a leader in helping us prepare for the impacts of climate change on America’s lands while ushering in a new era of smartly planned renewable-energy development in the Southwest and off our coasts. He has rightly earned a reputation as an honest broker, a tireless worker, a dedicated public servant, and an MVP when it comes to preserving America’s great spaces.


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