A Stormy Petrel for Interior

Who promises to open more federal land to development

"I am bringing an interesting dimension to the department," said Interior Secretary-designate James G. Watt.

It was a wry understatement. Environmentalists could scarcely have been more shocked if Reagan had chosen Ebenezer Scrooge to head Interior. "Like hiring a fox to guard the chickens!" protested Bernard Ewell, president of the Colorado Open Space Council. Said Carolyn Johnson, an official of the Public Lands Institute, a privately funded watchdog group: "Watt may be the first person ever to unite 176 separate Indian tribes on a single...

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