Obama’s energy nominee sails through committee, full Senate is next

Much of the limited criticism Moniz has faced has come from the left.

Some environmental activists have criticized his robust support for natural gas drilling and funding the MIT program has received from big oil-and-gas companies.

Committee Chairman Ron WydenRon WydenGOP senators bristle at Trump's Medicaid cuts Dem senator posts photo of Trump budget in recycling bin Flynn refusal sets up potential subpoena showdown MORE (D-Ore.) didn’t address the criticisms directly, but lauded Moniz for having an “independent, data-driven approach.”

Moniz would replace outgoing Energy Secretary Steven Chu.