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U.S. Senate confirms Ernest Moniz as Energy Secretary
May 16, 2013 / 6:37 PM / in 5 years

U.S. Senate confirms Ernest Moniz as Energy Secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz’s nomination to lead the Energy Department.

Ernest Moniz testifies before a Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee hearing on his nomination to be energy secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington April 9, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

With a vote 97 to 0 in favor, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor will take the helm of the department poised to issue a series of decisions on the future of U.S. natural gas exports and to guide the country’s energy investments.

Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick

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