Cabinet exits = uncertainty, questions about energy policy

Friday, January 18, 2013
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One expert says the fact that several members of the Obama administration are leaving office creates a measure of uncertainty as far as energy policy is concerned.

Kish, Dan (IER)On one hand, Dan Kish of the Institute for Energy Research (IER) explains that vacancies at the Environmental Protection Agency, Interior Department and State Department do create some uncertainty. The State Department, for instance, is responsible for reviewing things like the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline.

But on the other hand, he points out that the Senate confirmation process will provide some answers as to where the nominees stand on energy policy.

"If the Senate does its job, if difficult questions are asked about some of the things that have gone wrong in the first four years of President Obama's administration energy-wise, then it gives the public an opportunity to hear how they are going to answer those questions," Kish offers.

On Thursday afternoon, several news outlets reported that Energy Secretary Steven Chu is stepping down from his Cabinet post. Chu was criticized early in the Obama administration for saying in 2008 that American's gas prices need to be on the same level as Europe's. He has since tried to take back that comment. Chu also told lawmakers in 2012 that he did not own a car (read Daily Caller article).

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