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New secretary of energy nominated
1 July 1998
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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