NOW with Alex Wagner | February 06, 2013
>>> this afternoon president obama will name sally jewell as his nominee to be secretary of the interior deplacing ken salazar . jewell comes from the private sector. she is the ceo of rei, the $2 billion a year outdoor manufacturer. before her stint there, jewell spent time as a commercial banker and as engineer as mobile oil . according to the " washington post ," while jewell boasts less public policy experience than other candidates who had been under consideration, she has earned national recognition for her management skills and support for outdoor recreation and habitat conservation . as an enthusiast for outdoor gear, sally jewell is from seattle. she works for rei. she pushes for conservation in her home state of washington . and she also worked for mobile oil and as secretary of the interior will have to oversee fracking regulation. is it a controversial pick?
>> well, no. i read bruce babbitt was attacking the gas drilling. so maybe that will come up from environmentalist in congress if there are any.
>> that is an important caveat.
>> maggie, i feel like we're talking about sally jewell more than we would perhaps in other interior secretary pick. because the president has sort of faced some criticism for a lack of diversity both in terms of --
>> he has?
>> -- race and gender. is sally jewell enough to quell the controversy?
>> i think it will at least temporarily. as an asterisk to what you said, i think fracking is pretty controversial. and i don't know whether there are so many conservationists in congress, i think this is at least a headline for a couple of days. i think the white house is very conscious of the criticism about pot having enough women around and so i think that that is a big part of this and a big part of the focus. i don't think it's going to be enough to quell this permanently, but i certainly think that --
>> you would think prp republicans would like someone coming from the petroleum world to be in charge of fracking policy. right? i mean, that would seem to be a good thing for them despite the fact that she likes the outdoors and pushes for land conservation .
>> it's an emotional post. we remember james watt , dirk kempthorne .
>> who i think about every day.
>> who wore a hat.
>> much like ken salazar .
>> not the same person.
>> not the same person. their want to wear hats.
>> but not a leopard skin pill box hat .
>> that is also true.
>> it may actually help her that she worked for mobile oil . because presumably she'll advocate the administration's policies and that gives her some credibility. sort of like having an engineer in the cabinet, it seems like a plus.
>> and you have to think that the president gets pill arrestried for the permitting process when in reality he's not that much different where george bush was in terms of numbers of permits. so given all that, i don't know what that chart is, but it looks like a good one. oh, that is the government bar chart showing acres of public lands protected by the administration. obama has protected 2.6 million acres which is less than ronald reagan , george h.w. bush , bill clinton and george w. bush . interesting these picks. we'll nominate brennan and we'll nominate sally jewell and whether there's actually going to be a substantive discussion about energy, climate issues and also national security policy remains to be d. on that very thoughtful note, i will leave the program. thank you to rick, john, maggie and hugo and don't forget to pick up john's book, thomas jefferson , the art of power. that's all for now. i'll see you back here tomorrow at noon eastern 9:00 a.m . pacific