Director of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation
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You’ve gotta love a gal who’d enter into a conference call with Directors of the National Parks Conservation Association by saying "What we need to be concerned about is that we don't become the icing on a turd” and this observation alone would make Sally Jewell seem uniquely qualified to revamp the Bureau of Land Management’s disastrous Wild Horse & Burro Program.
Sally Jewell is President Obama’s new choice to replace Ken Salazar as the Secretary of the Department of Interior.
While it was amusing when Secretary Salazar recently threatened to punch out a journalist and then had to apologize after a lot of bad publicity, it was the only thing to smile about during his tenure at the top of the heap of BLM’s mismanaged and unethical Wild Horse & Burro Program. Not to mention the whole BP disaster that happened under Salazar’s watch.
Since Sally Jewell worked in banking for many years, maybe she’ll be able to help the American public get an accurate count of the wild horses on their federally protected Herd Management Areas.
While wild horse advocates hope that the new Secretary of the Department of the Interior will do something to stop the BLM’s eradication of wild horses, just because we see photos of Jewell paddling a kayak or read that she likes to hike, we shouldn’t automatically assume that she’ll want to help save the wild horses.
The extractive industries that are leasing public lands for as little as $2 an acre have their hopes up, too (and they have a lot of money and lobbyists). “Tim Wigley, president of the Western Energy Alliance, said he hoped that time in the fields would translate into expanded oil and gas drilling on federal lands. ‘We hope to see a better balance of productive development on non-park, non-wilderness public lands that enhances the wealth of America and creates jobs while protecting the environment.”
What do we know about Sally Jewell?
Media sources report things like: “Now 56, Jewell, was born in the UK. Her family moved to the US when she was four, and she grew up camping and sailing in Puget Sound, Washington state. She studied mechanical engineering at the University of Washington, and married a fellow engineer a week after graduation. The couple have two grown children. Jewell started her career with Mobil Oil, working for three years as an oil engineer in Oklahoma and Colorado. But she spent the next 19 years in banking. She joined REI as chief operating officer in 2000, and rose to chief executive five years later.”
It has been mentioned that Sally Jewell is on the Board of Directors of the Initiative for Global Development (IGD), but nobody seems to have looked into or written about this organization.
The Initiative for Global Development website states it “drives global poverty reduction by advancing catalytic business growth and investment in the developing world” and makes “strategic investments in high-need, high-potential regions, with a current focus on Africa... and facilitate business-driven development…”
Notice the words “advancing catalytic business growth and investment,” “strategic investments” and “facilitate business-driven development.” Although this PR spin makes it seem like their goal is to reduce poverty, these multi-national corporations seem to be focusing on developing their business interests in “frontier markets.”
The IGD website states “IGD member companies collectively generate more than $880 billion in annual revenue with an operating presence that spans the African continent.”
It kind of sounds like these multi-national corporations are helping themselves, doesn’t it?
Also, on the IGD website, is an article about the World Economic Forum’s “New Vision for Agriculture,” and it states: “IGD’s approach to increasing poverty-reducing agricultural investment in Africa complements many of the New Vision and Grow Africa objectives, and indeed shares a number of value chains and country targets. Building on Grow Africa’s priorities, we are identifying and stewarding discrete deals that will address gaps in priority value chains of our member companies.” Are the poor people IGD’s “priority value chains?”
Does it seem like these corporations might be going after the resources in resource rich Africa, and taking advantage of cheap labor?
The Chairman of IGD’s Board of Directors, Robert A. Mosbacher, Jr., is a former President & CEO of OPIC, former Chairman of Mosbacher Energy Co., and is now on the Board of Directors of Devon Energy. Devon Energy Corporation, based in Oklahoma City, OK, is among the largest U.S.-based independent natural gas and oil producers.
Another IGD Director is William D. Ruckelshaus, who among other things, served on the Board of Directors of Monsanto.
Members of IGD include current and former executives of multi-national corporations, and seem to include (or have included):
Robert B. Shapiro, former Chairman & CEO of Monsanto
William Ayer, President & CEO of Alaska Air Group, which owns Coeur D’ Alene Mines Corp. and Pioneer Natural Resources Co., an oil and gas exploration company. (As an aside, another Director of Alaska Air Group,
J. Kenneth Thompson, is a Director of Tetra Tech, a company that prepares Resource Management Plans and Environmental Assessments for the Bureau of Land Management.)
Tom Clausen, former CEO of World Bank, former Chairman & CEO of Bank of America
Thomas R. Pickering, Sr. VP Boeing & former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs,
U.S. Department of State
Ken Thompson, former Exec. VP of ARCO Mack Hogans, former Sr. VP Weyerhaeuser Co.
William E. Mayer, Partner, Park Avenue Equity Partners H. Stewart Parker, President & CEO, Targeted Genetics Corp.
Corporations that support IGD include
Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc.,
Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd,
Quality Chemical Industries Ltd.,
Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI),
Sithe Global Power and
SouthWest Energy Ltd. (Hong Kong).
The fact that Sally Jewell is a Director of IGD, which is associated with Monsanto and DuPont (DuPont Pioneer, formerly Pioneer Hi-Bred), is troubling, because the Department of the Interior deals with land use plans that effect rural issues, and many U.S. farmers are being driven out of business by these companies. Monsanto & DuPont In 2005, The Center for Food Safety published MONSANTO vs. U.S. FARMERS.
This new report states “Three agrochemical firms – Monsanto, DuPont and Sygenta – now control 53 percent of the global commercial seed market.” In attempts to prosecute farmers for alleged seed patent infringement, “…companies such as DuPont have hired private investigation firms such as Agro-Protection International to pursue farmers. In 2012, DuPont, the world’s second largest seed company, hired dozens of investigators to examine planting and purchasing records of Canadian farmers, as well as take samples from their fields for genetic analysis.
DuPont is expanding this operation to the U.S. in 2013, hiring approximately 35 investigators, many former police officers.”
The Center for Food Safety report details how farmers are facing increased seed prices, loss of plant diversity, super weeds, bans on seed saving, technology agreements for non-GE seeds and the restriction of independent, scientific research.
At Fortune Magazine’s 2010 “Brainstorm Green Conference,” Sally Jewell spoke about a healthy environment, and was followed by Hugh Grant, CEO of Monsanto, who talked “about growing enough food to feed a growing global population.” However, many scientists believe that “genetically modified (GM) crops have lower yields, perform poorly in the field, use more pesticides and result in reduced profits for farmers.” Worldwide, many people have concerns about genetically engineered crops and food.
Zambia tried to turn down genetically engineered food that was donated. It is estimated that over 182,000 desperate farmers in India have committed suicide. Glyphosate, used in Monsanto’s Roundup Ready herbicide, has been said to “poison crops and soil.”
While it may be necessary for Sally Jewell to rub elbows in the business world, she works on the Board of Directors of IGD, and it is important to note that some of IGD’s members and supporters are linked to environmental harm.
We need to ask what influence these multi-national corporations, global associations and business associates might have in Jewell’s role as Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Integration of international law is already bypassing Congress and the Constitution and being implemented in Department of Interior (and other government agencies’) policies and regulations.
Hopefully, Sally Jewell will meet with and listen to the concerns of wild horse advocates and will begin an immediate overhaul the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program. We need to make sure that Congressional representatives ask Sally Jewell direct questions about the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program in her confirmation hearings.
We need to hear Jewell’s specific plans for this program, so we can get it straight from the horses’ mouth. We hope Sally Jewell will bring a positive change, but the next Secretary of the Department of the Interior, along with Congress and the American public, need to continue to hear all of our voices, loud and strong, telling them to stop the wild horse roundups, investigate the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program and save our American icons, the wild horses, from extinction.
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