Today, the White House announced that President Obama would name Gina McCarthy as the incoming Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator and Ernest Moniz as the new Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE). Congressman Rob Bishop, Chairman of the House Natural Resources Public Lands and Environmental Regulation subcommittee, issued the following statements in reaction to the appointments:
"Mr. Moniz has testified before Congress that he is a proponent of nuclear energy and natural gas, which are essential to our nation's ability to provide clean, affordable, energy. Should he be approved as Secretary, I hope his support for all forms of energy remain at the forefront of his agenda as he works to help the U.S. gain greater energy security. Given the ongoing instability of some of the countries from which we currently import energy resources, I hope that Mr. Moniz will recognize the inherent need to utilize the abundant resources located right here in the United States."
"Under Lisa Jackson's term as Administrator, the EPA was used as a vehicle to unilaterally enact new regulations and mandates that were meant to stifle energy development and growth. She exhibited little regard for including the open congressional process in the development of far-reaching new environmental policies. It is my hope that Gina McCarthy will be open to working with Congress as well as states, local communities, and stakeholders. I am hopeful she will recognize that collaboration is the key to the development of successful and responsible environmental policies."