U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, formerly the
attorney general of Colorado, visited the CSU campus Tuesday
morning to support President Bush and Republican U.S. Senate
candidate Pete Coors.
Norton spoke to a small group of students and political
supporters in the Cherokee Park Ballroom, where she urged the
audience to vote. She stressed the critical importance of doing so,
given Colorado’s status as a potential decisive state in the
Norton described the U.S. Senate race between Coors and Democrat
Ken Salazar, as “one of the most contested, hottest races” in the
“That might determine who controls the U.S. Senate,” Norton
Former state attorney general candidate Marti Albright and
former Congressman Bob Schaffer accompanied Norton, who spoke about
environmental accomplishments during the Bush administration.
Norton said that 4,000 projects are completed or underway in
national parks around the country, citing examples such as
improvements to failing sewer systems in Yellowstone National
“You don’t exactly make headlines by building new sewer
systems,” she said.
Norton also claimed recent Environmental Protection Agency
statistics show a 7 percent improvement in air quality from 2000 to
2003, and said the President’s Clean Air Initiative, if passed,
would further reduce pollution.
Norton also said she believes the current administration has
done a better job than the Clinton administration at involving
local-level workers in environmental actions.
Schaffer agreed, saying Norton has used “pure science” to
enforce the Endangered Species Act, instead of using emotion-based
reactions, as he said has been the case in the past.
After speaking about environmental issues, Norton took questions
and posed for a group photograph.
Crystal Korrey, a sophomore religion and political science
major, said she was pleased to learn that Norton travels the
country regularly for her job.
“It’s nice to hear that she travels, (and) doesn’t just spend
all her time in D.C.,” Korrey said. “It was amazing just to see
her. It’s awesome to get the chance to actually see someone from
the president’s Cabinet.”