Taking hostages: Bennett demands Interior ransom


It is hard to believe that Sen. Bob Bennett is holding up the nominations of two people to fill positions in the Interior Department because he believes it is good for Utah and the country. More likely his motives are political. But whatever his reasoning, Bennett is wrong. And he's about to lose this showdown.

… It is clear to us that Bennett, who is seen by many right-wing Utah Republicans as "liberal," is trying to convince them otherwise ahead of a tough primary challenge next year from Republican Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and perhaps others.

Bennett's transparent ploy plays well with oil and gas interests and with rural voters, but he is running against the tide of concern about climate change and the damaging effects of unregulated drilling and its impact on land, wildlife, water and recreation.