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NEWS UPDATE March 5, 2013

Former McCarthy skeptic signals 2nd-round battle over nomination

Jason Plautz, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 5, 2013

Environmental and industry sources alike have praised current U.S. EPA air chief Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s pick to head the agency, for her regulatory knowledge, straight-shooting personality and willingness to engage all sides. But McCarthy’s open style may not matter when it comes to her confirmation in the Senate, since the process offers Republicans one of their best opportunities to weigh in on Obama’s environmental regulations. [ read more … ]

Moniz nomination has turned up no big-time Senate critics — yet

Nick Juliano and John McArdle, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted March 5, 2013

It looks like smooth sailing ahead for Ernest Moniz. President Obama’s pick to lead the Department of Energy has attracted some grumbling from environmentalists over his previous support for natural gas, nuclear energy and clean coal — but nothing that rises to a level that could derail his confirmation. Senate Republicans say they are withholding judgment until after his confirmation hearings, but GOP aides and lobbyists say there are no immediate red flags that would result in his nomination being held up or filibustered [ read more … ]

Cabinet Picks Could Take On Climate Policy

By JOHN M. BRODER and MATTHEW L. WALD  •    •  Posted March 5, 2013

President Obama on Monday named two people to his cabinet who will be charged with making good on his threat to use the powers of the executive branch to tackle climate change and energy policy if Congress does not act quickly. Mr. Obama nominated Gina McCarthy, a tough-talking native of Boston and an experienced clean air regulator, to take charge at the Environmental Protection Agency, and Ernest J. Moniz, a physicist and strong advocate of natural gas and nuclear power as cleaner alternatives to coal, to run the Department of Energy.
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