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Sources: Former Alaskan Tommy Beaudreau, chosen for deputy Interior secretary, is close to Murkowski

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Former Alaskan Tommy Beaudreau is President Joe Biden’s choice to become deputy Interior secretary, according to sources. Beaudreau was the first director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, could be nominated as early as tomorrow, and is a close political friend of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who was said to be instrumental in the choice.

Beaudreau, born in Colorado, was raised in Alaska, where his father worked on the Trans Alaska Pipeline.

He will take the place of the former nominee Elizabeth Klein, whose confirmation was put on ice by Murkowski, when she told the Biden Administration that Klein was a known litigant, hostile to the oil and gas economy in Alaska.

Beaudreau also has a history of litigation against the oil industry and was working to challenge several of President Trump’s regulatory rollbacks, including the Trump Administration’s opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain to oil and gas development.

“Murkowski had been openly promoting the Alaska-raised Beaudreau to the White House, a preference the Biden administration began to take increasingly seriously during Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s contentious confirmation hearings,” according to E&E News.

Beaudreau is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins, where he works on environmental and land issues.

In the Department of Interior he also served as acting assistant secretary for Land and Minerals Management, and most recently as chief of staff. At BOEM, he oversaw the offshore wind program, federal offshore leasing for oil and gas.

Under the Trump Administration, President Trump scaled back offshore leasing for renewable energy, because it was leading to significant bird kills.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • How many votes will this buy?

  • Looks like Alaska is starting to get some people in its corner. Always good regardless of party to have a Alaskan with connections.

    What ever happened to Don Young is he still alive?

  • No Thanks!

  • Any association with Murkowski is poison.

  • Don young is Featherbedding his own nest has been for years. A shadow of his former self. Whatever fire Don had in his belly burned out years ago. A complete empty suit. He will not speak out. Don is done, just part of the problem. Screw him. And this Boudreaux person… If he’s close to Lisa he’s part of the problem as well. Wake up people.

  • Go figure.

  • With friends like Senator Murkowski, who needs enemies?

  • Elizabeth Klein was a known litigant, hostile to the oil and gas economy in Alaska.

    Boudreaux also has a history of litigation against the oil industry and was working to challenge several of President Trump’s regulatory rollbacks, including the Trump Administration’s opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain to oil and gas development.

    So both Klein and Boudreaux are hostile of our fossil fuel industry — because Tommy B is buds with Murkowski makes him OK???. Who can explain the rationale?? Please

  • Yes, Cong. Young is very much alive. His photo was featured yesterday on the front page of the NY Times, ADN, and major TV networks. It is a shot of him with other Congressional leaders at the Oval Office chatting with VP and POTUS concerning transp. and infrastructure.

  • Hopfully he permanently moves to D.C. He do Well living the good life on D.C. he’ll fit perfectly in with the Northeast city’s crowd.

  • Democrat Lisa Murkowski riding high in the Biden saddle!

  • Close to Princess Lisa was all I needed to know.

    You voted (allegedly) for this America

  • Friend of Murkowski ENEMY OF ALASKANS!!!

  • Sleepy Joe, Sleazy Kam, Tommy and Lisa … time will prove that all are enemies of the O&G Industry and the State of AK.

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