New Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is taking a less aggressive tack with Congress than his predecessor Steven Chu.
Moniz has pitched energy efficiency to Congress and the public in his first days on the job, highlighting an issue that some experts say could get traction in the GOP-held House.
It's a sharp turn from Chu, who immediately pitched a sweeping cap-and-trade bill to Congress in President Obama's first term, when he benefitted from a Democratic-House and Senate.
The difference has been noticed by groups often at odds with the Obama administration.
“He’s much more comfortable going in having the conversations to push legislation,” Christopher Guith, vice president for policy with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 21st Century, told The Hill.
The Chamber supports the energy efficiency bill being pushed by the administration, which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but much more incrementally than a bill capping emissions.
“He’s not too proud to do the grinding work of educating members of Congress and explaining why their support is necessary,” Guith said.
Moniz has at times used similar rhetoric on climate change as Chu, the Nobel Prize-winner who described it as a “moral” obligation in his departing email to DOE staff.
The new secretary this week said the topic is “not debatable” and that the administration would “move forward on our climate agenda.”
Yet Moniz has shown a more pragmatic side that reflects his years serving in the Clinton administration’s Energy Department and as an outside expert for President Obama. He’s also signaled a willingness to work with industry and Republicans, who were always cool to Chu.
“Republicans respect him (Moniz) as well. He’s not a shiny object. He’s someone that’s a known quality,” said Guith, comparing Moniz to Chu.
BC..... Do you think the new energy secretary will be beneficial for our oil stocks?
Our last energy secretary was a colossal failure in that position. He accomplished nothing . He did waste billions of tax payers dollars chasing his non practical solutions to his vision of an oil free world .
Hopefully our new energy secretary can help formulate a balanced energy policy for this country with the backbone being the increased use of NG in the foreseeable future.
So Bluecheese .... If you are in fact a real person ( which I doubt) and are not just a posting computer from the Administration then I would be curious what your objective is in posting on all the oil MBs .
Waiting for you to " person up" ..... Or woman up or man up . Or maybe even computer up .