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Hazel O'Leary goes

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US Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary is one of several top officials who will not stay for President Clinton's second four-year term. O'Leary, considered relatively renewables friendly, was ousted because of controversy over the cost of her overseas trips promoting US energy policy and energy companies. Possible replacements include Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Carol Browner; Tim Wirth, Under Secretary of State for global affairs; Representative Bill Richardson of New Mexico, moderately friendly to renewables; the Department of Energy's (DOE) second-in-command, the respected Charles Curtis; and -- less likely -- the retired pro-oil Senator Bennett Johnston from Louisiana. Since the appointment may coincide with DOE restructuring, such as DOE being merged with the EPA, it may take some time.

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