U.S. approves 'power tower' solar project

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The United States has approved the first large-scale solar energy project on public lands that will use "power tower" technology, government officials said.
U.S. signs first offshore wind farm lease

U.S. signs first offshore wind farm lease

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The signing of the first permit for an offshore wind farm in the United States opens a new frontier in clean energy initiatives, an executive said.
New oil drilling safety rules announced

New oil drilling safety rules announced

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Interior Department issued new offshore drilling safety rules but rejected lawmakers' requests to lift its moratorium on new deep-water drilling.

Alaska sues over drilling moratorium

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The state of Alaska filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to overturn the federal moratorium on offshore drilling in waters off Alaska's arctic coastline.

Salazar: Arctic oil drilling must wait

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says exploratory drilling for oil and gas in offshore arctic waters must wait until more is known about potential pitfalls.

Rep. seeks compliance docs on Mariner Energy

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A Democratic congressman Friday requested to see compliance documents for the Mariner Energy oil platform that caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico a day earlier.

U.S. drilling ban overturned -- again

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A motion filed by the U.S. federal government to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a moratorium on deep-water drilling was overturned, a judge ruled.
National parks to waive fees Aug. 14-15

National parks to waive fees Aug. 14-15

WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Wednesday the National Park Service will waive entrance fees Aug. 14-15 to promote tourism.

Salazar: Reforms for offshore drilling

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told a House panel Thursday new regulations will strengthen management and oversight of offshore drilling.

Trade groups complain about oil moratorium

WASHINGTON, July 13 (UPI) -- A suspension on deep-water oil and gas exploration announced by the U.S. Department of Interior offers little in terms of clarity, industrial groups complained.

Oil driller leaves Gulf of Mexico

HOUSTON, July 13 (UPI) -- Uncertainty about exploration activity in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in a decision to relocate a drilling platform to Congolese waters, a U.S. explorer said.

Salazar again suspends deep water wells

WASHINGTON, July 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Monday issued new suspensions of deep water drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf.
Gulf oil spill

Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS, June 23 (UPI) -- Obama administration officials promised action to keep their ban on deep-water oil drilling intact after a U.S. federal judge struck down the moratorium.
By United Press International

Gulf oil leak revised upward again

WASHINGTON, June 15 (UPI) -- The busted BP oil well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico is gushing 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil a day, officials said in a revised estimate Tuesday.

Alliance to promote offshore wind power

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) -- Ten East Coast states have formed an alliance with the U.S. Department of Interior to promote offshore wind power.
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Ken Salazar
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar testifies during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on a clean energy economy and reducing global warming pollution in Washington on July 7, 2009. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Kenneth Lee "Ken" Salazar (pronounced /ˈsæləzɑr/; born March 2, 1955) is the current United States Secretary of the Interior, in the administration of President Barack Obama. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a United States Senator from Colorado from 2005 to 2009. He and Mel Martinez (R-Florida) were the first Hispanic U.S. Senators since 1977; they were joined by Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) in January 2006. Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, he served as Attorney General of Colorado from 1999 to 2005.

On December 17, 2008, President-elect Obama announced he would nominate Salazar as U.S. Secretary of the Interior. The environmentalist movement's reaction to this nomination was mixed. Previously, Salazar supported the nomination of Gale Norton to Secretary of the Interior, President George W. Bush's first appointee who preceded Salazar as Colorado Attorney General. On January 20, 2009, Salazar was confirmed by unanimous consent in the Senate.

Ken Salazar was born in Alamosa, Colorado, the son of Emma M. and Henry (Enrique) S. Salazar. He grew up near Manassa, in the community of Los Rincones in the San Luis Valley area of south-central Colorado. Salazar attended St. Francis Seminary and Centauri High School in La Jara, graduating in 1973. He later attended Colorado College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1977, and received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981. Later Salazar was awarded honorary degrees (Doctor of Laws) from Colorado College (1993) and the University of Denver (1999). After graduating, Salazar started private law practice.

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