Environment: The Next Interior Secretary

Walter J. Hickel confounded his early critics by becoming, in Ecologist Barry Commoner's words, "too effective." Now conservationists wish they could be sure that the next Interior Secretary will be even a half-Hickel. Indeed, many fear that Rogers C.B. Morton, 56, President Nixon's Secretary-designate, is not really qualified for the job. In an interview with TIME Correspondent Hays Gorey last week, Morton admitted: "I can understand the apprehension."

One alleged problem is Morton's past two years as chairman of the Republican National Committee. "He knows too well where the G.O.P. gets its campaign...

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