Secretary Salazar Proposes 21st Century Youth Conservation Corps

In a speech at this week's DC youth conference Powershift '09, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar drummed up considerable applause in a speech promising to transform the Department of the Interior from being seen as a sort of "Department of the West," or "Department of Oil and Energy and Gas Production" -- and ensuring its proper place as the Department of America. Salazar pumped the Powershift crowd into dizzying cheers when he said the Department of the Interior would reinstitute a national youth conservation Corps to "employ thousands and thousands of young people to come and resurrect the treasures of America." He hopes to create "the best 21st century youth conservation Corps that the world has ever seen."