WASHINGTON (AP) — Physicist Ernest Moniz won unanimous Senate confirmation Thursday to be the nation’s new energy secretary.
Moniz, 68, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, replaces Steven Chu, who served as energy secretary in President Barack Obama’s first term. Moniz served as an energy undersecretary in the Clinton administration.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, called Moniz “solution-oriented” and said he is “smart about energy policy and savvy about Energy Department operations.”
Obama hailed Moniz as “a world-class scientist with expertise in a range of energy sources and a leader with a proven record of bringing prominent thinkers and innovators together to advance new energy solutions.”
Moniz shares his belief that “the United States must lead the world in developing more sustainable sources of energy that create new jobs and new industries, and in responding to the threat of global climate change,” Obama said in a statement.