Obama makes nominations for government agencies

President Barack Obama has submitted his nominations for new heads of the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, has learned.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Ernest Moniz would replace Steven Chu on Obama's cabinet as the U.S. Secretary of Energy, following the announcement of Chu's resignation in February.

Moniz has previous government experience, having served as DOE's Under Secretary of Energy from 1997 to 2001 in addition to a number of other positions during Obama and President Bill Clinton's tenures.

Speaking at a ceremony introducing the nominees, Obama called Moniz "another brilliant scientist" who "knows his way around the Department of Energy".

Meanwhile, Obama has selected Gina McCarthy to take over for former EPA head Lisa Jackson.

McCarthy currently head's the EPA's air and radiation office, having previously worked to design renewable energy programs for Massachussets and Connecticut.

"As an EPA administrator, Gina has focused on practical, cost-effective ways to keep our air clean and our economy growing," Obama said. "She's earned a reputation as a straight shooter."

The two would be working to support Obama's "all-of-the-above" energy plan, which includes stipulations for 80% of America's energy to come from clean sources by 2035.

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