Minerals Management Service
Coal Mines, Casinos, and Cocaine
December 16, 2008
If the news reports are accurate, Senator Ken Salazar of Colorado has been tapped by Barack Obama to head up the Department of Interior. Let's hope he knows what he's getting into. After the last eight years, the Interior Department has become fairly dysfunctional, and this may end up being one of the most difficult jobs in the Obama administration—not to mention one that gets remarkably little attention. Looking back historically, the Interior Department has been a mess from the very beginning.