Ernest Moniz earned bipartisan approval Thursday as the Senate voted 97-0 to confirm the nuclear physicist as the next secretary of the Department of Energy. The support for Ernest Moniz is in contrast to divided opinions over Gina McCarthy, President Obama's pick to head the EPA.
If confirmed as energy secretary, Ernest Moniz would take over the department during a time of fiscal austerity and controversy over failed investments in clean-energy companies. Mr. Moniz's confirmation hearing Tuesday hinted at a renewed focus on the agency's research and development roots.
President Obama's selection of nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz as Energy secretary highlights a void in Washington. The nation's capital lacks scientists in key decisionmaking positions and in Congress.
A short list of candidates for the next Energy secretary is emerging with nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz at the top. His mix of energy and political experience could be plus as Energy secretary, but some environmentalists worry he's too pro industry.
Steven Chu, who will step down from his post as Energy secretary, made renewables a centerpiece of his tenure. While advances in wind and solar garnered praise from Democrats, Republicans excoriated Steven Chu and the Obama administration when clean-energy investments backfired.
The prime minister-elect of Georgia announced earlier this week his choice of soccer sensation Kakha Kaladze as his new energy minister. The soccer star has played for top Italian clubs Milan and Genoa, according to OilPrice.com.