Reid Statement On The Confirmation Of Secretary Of Energy Nominee

Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Dr. Ernie Moniz to lead the U.S. Department of Energy. The final vote was 97 to 0:

“I’m pleased the Senate confirmed today Dr. Moniz with a strong bipartisan vote to be Secretary of Energy. President Obama selected an outstanding leader to direct our national energy policy and move our nation closer to a clean and independent energy future. Reducing our reliance on foreign oil by developing clean, renewable energy will protect our natural resources while creating American jobs. Renewable energy development is critical to the future of Nevada’s economy, as well as the American economy overall. I also look forward to working with Dr. Moniz to find a safe, consent-based approach to manage our nation’s nuclear waste that does not involve dumping it in Nevada.”