Today, Congressman Bobby L. Rush, Ranking Democratic member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Power issued the following statement on the announcement that President Obama has nominated Gina McCarthy as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Ernest Moniz as Secretary of the Department of Energy:
"Gina McCarthy has testified before the Energy and Commerce Committee many times over the past few years and has always shown a great level of expertise and professionalism, while also continuously advocating for environmental protections in order to ensure that all Americans have access to clean air, water, and land. I look forward to working with her after she is confirmed as EPA Administrator and I also look forward to working with Ernie Moniz in his role as Secretary of Energy," said Rush.
"The nominations present an opportunity to sit down with the new appointments to discuss my priorities of focusing on STEM education and increasing opportunities for minorities in all aspects of the energy sector. I also hope the Secretaries will work with me to find ways to increase minority participation in the construction, operation, and ownership of pipelines, as well as boosting minority participation in both upstream and downstream contracting and subcontracting opportunities in the oil and gas industries."