Thursday, January 6, 2011

Martinez chose former astronaut for energy department

Former astronaut and U.S. Sen. Harrison "Jack" Schmitt will serve as the state's secretary of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, Gov. Susana Martinez announced.

"Senator Schmitt’s diverse background gives him a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be helpful in guiding the responsible development and protection of New Mexico’s diverse natural resources," Martinez said in a statement. "Harnessing and developing energy sources right here in New Mexico is critical to reviving our economy and creating jobs."

Environmentalists are sure to not like Schmitt's stance on global warming. He says he disagrees with scientists who say it is caused by humans.

Martinez still has other Cabinet posts to announce, but has selected many already. If you are having trouble keeping track, check out this story I did last week on the appointees so far.

All her appointees face confirmation by the state Senate after the session begins Jan. 18.

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