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    I really don't know that much about her, but she obviously is a sharp woman to lead in the jobs she has held. Her experience of working for an oil company and a company with a strong stance on conservation seems to make her a good pick. I like that she is not a politician.
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    An interesting combination of back country hiking and mountaineering experience plus oil and gas industry experience. Might make a good choice.
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    Being CEO of REI may sound like she is pro-conservation, but her employment history as an engineer for Mobil Oil and as a commercial banker makes me wonder if she is more likely to encourage oil drilling in national parks rather than encourage conservation.

    "A recent report from the Center for American Progress shows that 12 national parks have been leased to oil and gas companies and are currently undergoing drilling, and an additional 30 park units will likely be drilled in the future."

    http://www.takepart.com
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    hopefully, she'll balance the needs of industry and commerce with the need to preserve, protect and conserve the precious lands and waters that we have inherited so we can pass them on to our children. she now caters to people who worry about that, yet she can talk the language of wall street and the energy industry so they can't jerk her around. best of luck to her on this truly important job.
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    Interesting pick to say the least...maybe she will be smarter than the average idiot thinking drilling on public is bad...today's drilling is less intrusive, and her being an engineer out of Mobile, she will realize that...
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    REI caters the the granola-eating elitists of the outdoor world. The folks who are generally concerned with walking around (toting a backpack full of expensive, high-tech gear) and looking at the scenery, and nothing more. Those are the folks who want to re-populate the backcountry with wolves (after all, they don't have to live or work there, they come visit from the city), put rodents (prairie-dogs) on protected species lists, and close off vast areas of our nation to motorized travel, making it impossible for a large part of the citizenry to access, or even ever see, our public lands. REI promotes activities like this, yet hunters, anglers, ranchers, farmers, miners, and the timber industry have to deal with the Dept. of the Interior as well. It's hard to see this choice as anything but a gift to the radical environmental lobby that supported Barack Obama in the last two Presidential elections. Good luck with that economic growth in rural areas.
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    "The folks who are generally concerned with walking around (toting a backpack full of expensive, high-tech gear) and looking at the scenery". Yep, sounds like Teddy Roosevelt's idea of what National Parks are for. And mine too.
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    @NormalFlora β€œIn a civilized and cultivated country, wild animals only continue to exist at all when conserved by the sportsman. The excellent people who protest against all hunting, and consider sportsmen as enemies of wildlife, are wholly ignorant of the fact that in reality the genuine sportsman is by all odds the most important factor in keeping wild creatures from total extermination.” – Teddy Roosevelt
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    he said he was going to fill slots with folks only out of a certain group leaving the best for the job only being able to come from those groups for diversity purposes only. sad day when anyone does such hiring practices.
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    Almost a Romney-like move, bringing in a business pro. It should help convince Republicans to support her nomination.
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    She is in the business of.... business. Just because her business donates to and advocates conservation does not make her particularly suited for the job. But she may do great. I voted somewhat. It could go either way.

    I love REI, by the way.:D
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