Mark Udall, who serves on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, welcomed President Obama's nomination today of Ernest Moniz to head the U.S. Department of Energy and Gina McCarthy to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Udall encouraged a swift, but thorough, confirmation process for both nominees, whose portfolios will include energy development and environmental protection.
"The Department of Energy and EPA oversee programs and policies that affect businesses and initiatives across Colorado, from the cleanup of abandoned mine sites to the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, which employs thousands of Coloradans. The agencies also will play a key role in addressing climate change, which I firmly believe must be a priority for not only the heads of the Department of Energy and EPA, but also the entire administration," Udall said. "During the confirmation hearings, I will want to know that these nominees plan to continue the commitment of their predecessors in this regard. Specifically, I will want to know if Dr. Moniz supports a balanced approach to energy development, including the use of clean, domestic sources of energy. I will want to know if Ms. McCarthy has a commitment to strong, effective environmental safeguards and also understands how to work with the regulated communities to develop policies that work for Coloradans."
Currently, Ernest Moniz is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Gina McCarthy is Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at EPA.