The Canadian PressMay 16, 2013 14:00
WASHINGTON - Physicist Ernest Moniz won unanimous Senate confirmation Thursday to be the nation's new energy secretary.
Moniz, 68, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, replaces Steven Chu, who served as Energy secretary in President Barack Obama's first term. Moniz served as an energy undersecretary in the Clinton administration.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, called Moniz "solution-oriented" and said he is "smart about energy policy and savvy about Energy Department operations."