Times may be a-changin’

US President-elect Barrack Obama picked several environmentalists and climate-change advocates to form his administration, and that has prompted some heated comments, both pro and con.When he chose Ken Salazar for Interior secretary, some industry analysts described the Colorado senator and rancher as “not energy-industry friendly,” having legislated a 1-year ban on commercial oil shale leasing and calling for higher royalty rates and more onerous leasing regulation that would limit operations in the Piceance basin.Yet some environmentalists claim Salazar is too soft on industry for their tastes, while the Denver-based Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States said,...

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