As long expected, President Bill Clinton has nominated the US Ambassador to the UN, Bill Richardson, as Secretary of Energy. Clinton's nomination of Richardson, 50, is expected to be confirmed without a hitch by the Senate. Richardson is a former Democratic Congressman for New Mexico and a founding co-chairman of the House Renewable Energy Caucus. An astute and tough negotiatior, he will take over the helm at the Department of Energy (DOE) at a time when Clinton's global warming policies are facing strong opposition from a number of members of the Congress and from established industry. Federico Peña resigned for personal reasons. Richardson's nomination is welcomed by the American Wind Energy Association's Randy Swisher: "His savvy will be invaluable in negotiating the many complex issues facing DOE and the Administration over the next few years," he says.
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