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Inhofe Welcomes News of Wodder Withdrawal  

Washington, D.C. - Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, welcomed today's announcement that President Obama will abandon the nomination of Rebecca Wodder for the position of Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior.

"I am pleased that through our rigorous oversight, we succeeded in preventing Rebecca Wodder, another member of President Obama's job-destroying 'green team,' from assuming an influential position within the administration," Senator Inhofe said. "Ms. Wodder's former position as the CEO of a radical environmental organization and her comments displaying her staunch opposition to energy production, particularly hydraulic fracturing, made her an unacceptable candidate for Assistant Secretary.  Had she been confirmed, she would have had influence over decisions that greatly affect oil and gas development, and this would have been particularly bad for my home state of Oklahoma.  I'm sure Ms. Wodder will continue her advocacy for the environmental left now that she will no longer be joining the President's 'green team.'  I wish her well in her future endeavors."