A prominent California congresswoman on Tuesday praised President Obama's pick of Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Ernest Moniz as the next secretary of the Dept. of Energy.
Moniz has been tapped to replace outgoing Energy Secretary Steven Chu. At MIT, Moniz directed the university's Energy Initiative, and he also served as undersecretary of Energy under President Clinton.
"Dr. Ernest Moniz clearly understands the energy challenges facing our country, and I know that he will continue us moving down the path towards a clean energy future," said Lois Capps, D-Calif. "He recognizes that we can't end our dependence on fossil fuels overnight, but that we must continue to move toward a more sustainable energy future. I am confident that he will effectively lead our energy transition."
Moniz's position on a variety of energy issues—from support of nuclear power to renewable energy—enjoys bipartisan support. He is expected to win confirmation from the Senate.
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