Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement on the nominations of Dr. Ernie Moniz to lead the U.S. Department of Energy and Gina McCarthy to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:
“President Obama’s nominations will ensure strong leadership for the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. Both Dr. Moniz and Ms. McCarthy bring the expertise our nation needs to address environmental challenges and lead on clean energy innovation and development.
“As a respected nuclear physicist and Director of the MIT Energy Initiative, Dr. Moniz has been at the forefront of finding innovative ways to bolster and clean up our energy supplies at the same time. I am confident that he will continue building on the Administration’s progress in developing our nation’s enormous clean energy potential, reducing our reliance on foreign oil, and finding a safe, consent-based approach to managing our nation’s nuclear waste that does not involve dumping it in Nevada. I also look forward to discussing with Dr. Moniz the Department of Energy’s partnership with Nevada in growing the Silver State’s clean energy economy.
“Ms. McCarthy has a proven track record of public service and I am confident she will be able to tackle the serious environmental challenges facing our nation. Working to improve our environment for the long-term will require the ability to bring together communities, diverse industries, and public health and environmental advocates to find solutions that work for our country. Ms. McCarthy is uniquely qualified for building consensus to clean our air and water, safeguard communities from public health threats, and address climate change.”