U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski is making energy her top priority this year, recently questioning the U.S. Energy Department nominee Ernest Moniz about his stance on LNG exports, the importance of hydropower, and the use of coal for energy.
Murkowski is the ranking Republican on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Sen. Murkowski(R-AK): “If you could just provide for the committee your general philosophy and views on natural gas exports, given what we know about the current reserves and the market conditions. Are these good or bad for the nation? Can you speak to exports specifically?”
Moniz: “there clearly has to be a public interest criterion applied. I believe the Natural Gas Act kind of suggests that one should move forward with licenses unless there is a clear public interest issue. I would also note that Secretary Chu did note at one point that things like cumulative impacts would be considered.”
Moniz was selected by President Obama and would lead the Energy Department if confirmed by the Legislature.