House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing on Energy Department's 2014 budget proposal. Secretary Ernest Moniz to testify. Follows committee business meeting on rules and subcommittee rosters.
If President Barack Obama's goal in adding MIT professor Ernest Moniz to his cabinet was to tamp down Republican anger about his green energy policies, the plan is working.
In his first appearance before Congress as head of the Energy Department, newly installed Secretary Moniz on Thursday was charming and deferential to Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, even when he was giving little ground on climate change and renewable energy.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Thursday his review of natural gas export impacts was near a conclusion and that he planned to begin ruling "very soon" on more permit applications.
Moniz told House lawmakers at his first appearance on Capitol Hill since being confirmed to his job that he would not alter the published order of application decisions, and would still consider each on a case-by-case basis.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will tell House Republicans on Thursday that he is looking to overhaul the department to address management and performance problems, including its ability to prevent security breaches at nuclear weapons sites.
"I have been carefully reviewing the organization and management practices within the Department and am working with my staff to develop options to reorganize," Moniz says in prepared testimony before a House Energy and Commerce Committee panel.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is throwing its support behind federal legislation aimed at boosting energy development in Indian Country by streamlining federal permitting processes and oversight.
Energy Department Acting Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Christopher Smith warned House lawmakers he is limited in what he can discuss at Tuesday's hearing on natural gas exports, The Hill reports.