A slate of environmental groups on Monday asked Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future MORE not to name a pro-fracking governor head of the Interior Department if she’s elected president.
The groups said the Democratic nominee should not consider Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) for the Interior post because of his support for hydraulic fracturing.
Hickenlooper twice opposed efforts to put local fracking bans and new fracking restrictions on the Colorado ballot. Three years ago, the state also joined a lawsuit against a city’s voter-approved fracking ban.
The groups — Colorado Rising, 350 Colorado, Frack Free Colorado, Greenpeace USA, 350.org, Rainforest Action Network, Oil Change International, Environmental Action, WildEarth Guardians, Friends of the Earth Action and Climate Hawks Vote — highlighted those positions in a letter to Clinton, saying a potential Clinton administration instead needs “leaders who will champion the protection of human health and the environment.”
The letter said Clinton needs to “re-affirm the urgency of addressing climate change and the necessity of protecting people from fossil fuel extraction by appointing to your cabinet proven climate champions independent of industry allegiance or control.“
Hickenlooper was reportedly on Clinton’s shortlist for vice president, and she met with him in July before eventually selecting Virginia Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDemocrats plow ahead as Manchin yo-yos Senate advances defense bill after delay Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Senators to take up defense bill Wednesday MORE.
He has been raised as a potential Cabinet pick for Clinton, should she win the presidency on Nov. 8. But he has said he is “pretty unlikely” to take a Cabinet position if offered.
“I don’t know,” Hickenlooper told The Denver Post in July when asked about the Interior spot. “It would all depend on, you know, what exactly she wanted to have done and what her vision was.”