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U.S. Senate confirms Ernest Moniz as Energy Secretary

Ernest Moniz testifies before a Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee hearing on his nomination to be energy secretary on Capitol Hill
Ernest Moniz testifies before a Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee hearing on his nomination to be energy secretary on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz's nomination to lead the Energy Department.

With a vote 97 to 0 in favor, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor will take the helm of the department poised to issue a series of decisions on the future of U.S. natural gas exports and to guide the country's energy investments.

(Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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