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Ernest Moniz Nomination For Energy Secretary Approved By Senate Committee

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Secretary of Energy nominee Ernest Moniz testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee April 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Secretary of Energy nominee Ernest Moniz testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee April 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)



WASHINGTON, April 18 (Reuters) - U.S. Energy Secretary nominee Ernest Moniz easily cleared his first hurdle in the Senate on Thursday, securing nearly unanimous support from the chamber's energy committee.

With a vote of 21 to 1 in favor of the pick, Moniz's nomination will move on for consideration by the full Senate. It is unclear when that will take place, but Moniz is widely expected to be confirmed.

Moniz, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, would replace Energy Secretary Steven Chu who announced earlier this year that he was stepping down.

Democrats and Republicans on the committee praised Moniz as an independent scientist with extensive knowledge of the Energy Department and its responsibilities.

"With his background as a well-respected scientist, I am confident that Dr. Moniz is going to use the best science and most current data in considering key policy questions," said Senate energy committee chairman Ron Wyden ahead of the panel's vote.

Moniz served as an undersecretary of energy during the Clinton administration.

Some environmentalists have criticized Moniz' nomination, saying he was too supportive of shale gas and nuclear power.

Moniz is director of MIT's Energy Initiative, which received funding from companies such as BP, Chevron and Saudi Aramco for academic work on projects aimed at reducing climate-changing greenhouse gases.

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