Kempthorne During his first week on the job as Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne–describing his self as the “relief pitcher” for his predecessor Gale Norton–had a conference call with 25 conservation, environmental, and sporting groups, according to this Washington Post Article. The organizations apparently found Kempthorne approachable, but seem to hold out little hope for positive change regarding the stewardship of public lands. “The administration was looking for someone to keep a steady hand on the tiller,” a spokesman said. “I don’t think he’ll have that much of an impact.” Here’s the full story: