Washington, D.C. (March 4, 2013) – President Obama announced today that he is nominating Dr. Ernest Moniz to be the next Secretary of Energy. Dr. Ernest Moniz, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, previously served as Undersecretary of Energy under President Clinton. Western Caucus Chairman Steve Pearce released the following statement in response to the announcement:
“Dr. Moniz has a record of advancing policies that support job growth and a healthy economy. I am hopeful that he will find common ground between different viewpoints and help America become energy independent. Dr. Moniz has the potential to be one of the people working for the future of the country rather than a partisan agenda. His policies will be good for New Mexico and the nation, and I look forward to working with him to move the Department of Energy in a new direction to increase American energy production and create middle class jobs."
The mission of the Western Caucus, which is in its twentieth year, is to enhance, sustain, and preserve the West’s dynamic and unique culture, and to find innovative solutions that address the distinctive concerns facing western and rural communities. The Western Caucus is also committed to protecting private property, strengthening local control, promoting economic growth, and increasing energy independence.
For more information about the Congressional Western Caucus, please visit www.westerncaucus.pearce.house.gov.