President Obama nominates Washington veterans for Energy Secretary and EPA chief

3/4/2013

President Obama nominates Washington veterans for Energy Secretary and EPA chief

BY ROBERT SCHROEDER

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- President Barack Obama on Monday tapped Washington veterans for roles heading the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency , moving to fill out his team as he plans to confront climate change in his second term.

Obama named Ernest Moniz to head the Energy Department; and Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Moniz is a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and McCarthy now serves as head of the EPA's air and radiation office. All three posts require Senate confirmation.

None of the three are strangers to Washington. Moniz was undersecretary of energy under Clinton. McCarthy helped to push through EPA rules including about curbing mercury during Obama's first term, according to reports.

Moniz and McCarthy will play important roles in the administration's drive to combat climate change, Obama said. In his State of the Union address, Obama put Congress on notice that unless lawmakers approved legislation to fight global warming, the administration would act on its own.

Obama said Moniz and McCarthy will also make sure the U.S. invests in domestic energy.

If confirmed, Munoz would take over for Steven Chu; and McCarthy would succeed Lisa Jackson.

Dow Jones Newswires

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