Ken Salazar has a right to be proud of his time at the Department of Interior. He took over a troubled agency and restored credibility while making impressive progress on a number of difficult issues affecting public lands. And while his tenure wasn't always easy or without acrimony, that's the nature of the job.
When Salazar traded his post in the U.S. Senate four years ago to lead Interior, he had a reputation as a center-left public servant with a cautious streak. We suggest he will leave Interior in March with that reputation substantially intact, although there are those who would strongly disagree notably oil and gas officials.
They say Interior under Salazar has suppressed energy production through unnecessary red tape and onerous rules. And while we have no desire to defend every regulation, the fact is that the previous administration drifted too far in the other direction.