Ernie Moniz To Lead the U.S. DOE 0

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It’s hard to know what to make of this week’s unanimous Senate vote, confirming Ernie Moniz as the new U.S. Energy Secretary, replacing the outgoing Steven Chu.  If you’re a fan of a sustainable energy policy, it’s certainly not a good sign when 100% of Senate Republicans like the way a certain person thinks.  Of course, in addition to his work in support of renewable energy, Moniz does have deep ties to the oil and natural gas people.

I suppose I’m hoping that he’ll push aggressively for the only thing the clean energy industry really needs: a level playing field where fossil fuels are not:

• provided with lucrative subsidies

• offered favorable and exclusive means of capital formation (master limited partnerships), and

• given a free pass on the health problems and long-term environmental damage they create.

Not to sound cynical, but the mere concept of a unanimous confirmation in Washington means that we would be foolish to be holding our collective breath for progressive action here.

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