Interior’s Lynn Scarlett Defends Bush’s “New Environmentalism”

When it comes to the environment, Lynn Scarlett may be the most influential Bush administration member you’ve never heard of. As an assistant secretary in the Interior Department, charged with analyzing rules and determining budgets throughout the agency, she has significant say over everything from mining to wildlife refuges. And as former head of the Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank, she is one of the architects of the “new environmentalism” that the Bush team enthusiastically espouses. In an interview, Scarlett discusses the invisible hand’s “green thumb,” the role of public comments in the rule-making process, and her thoughts (or lack thereof) on Leonardo DiCaprio — only on the Grist Magazine website.