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Obama Failing on Public Lands, Former Interior Secretary Says

(NYT Green)

Bruce Babbitt, the interior secretary in the Clinton administration and a former governor of Arizona, made one of his periodic forays out of the political wilderness on Tuesday to criticize the Obama administration for favoring oil and gas development over conservation on public lands.

Mr. Babbitt, 74, whose modest demeanor masked the sharpness of his critique of a fellow Democrat, said in a speech at the National Press Club that Mr. Obama was falling behind many of his predecessors in setting aside lands for wilderness while making vast tracts available for drilling.

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