U.S. announces offshore oil, gas auction

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- All unleased areas in the U.S. waters of the central Gulf of Mexico go on the auction block for energy companies next month, the U.S. Interior Department said.

Jewell nod draws mixed Interior wish lists

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The nomination of Sally Jewell as the next U.S. Interior Department secretary drew wish lists from the energy and environmental sectors alike.

Alaska wants role in Kulluk investigation

JUNEAU, Alaska, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The Alaskan government is calling on Washington to include its officials on a panel investigating last month's incident regarding Shell's drill ship Kulluk.

Arizona has 'huge' low-carbon potential

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Interior said it finalized a decision to set aside more than 150,000 acres of public land in Arizona for renewable energy projects.

Mixed reactions to Salazar's departure

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- An announcement that U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was stepping down brought mixed reactions from low-carbon advocates and petroleum leaders.
Interior's Salazar to return to Colorado

Interior's Salazar to return to Colorado

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will step down from the post he has held for four years to return to Colorado, the While House announced Wednesday.

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Biden: Gun recommendations by next week

Biden: Gun recommendations by next week

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday the gun violence task force he heads will make recommendations next week on how to deal with the issue.

U.S. to investigate Shell's arctic program

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Interior Department and U.S. Coast Guard announced they were conducting separate investigations into the grounding of Shell's drill ship Kulluk.

Alaska oil plans draw fire, praise

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Interior Department announced plans for developing the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska in a way it says protects the environment.

U.S. nabs $233 million in oil, gas leases

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Interior said more than $200 million was generated from onshore oil and natural gas leases on public lands this year.

Report warns demand for Colorado River water to outstrip supply

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Demand for water from the Colorado River is projected to outstrip supply by 2060, a new study shows.

Shell, feds under fire for Alaska oil work

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A U.S. lawmaker said there are new questions about the ability to explore arctic oil and gas reserves safely given problems with a spill response system.
White House holds American Indian summit

White House holds American Indian summit

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama hosted a White House summit for American Indians, pledging to improve relations between their tribes and the federal government.

Oil, gas, potash deal made in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Interior Department issued an order to develop oil, natural gas and potash resources in a 500,000-acre site in New Mexico.
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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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