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.