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 WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenLobbying World Overnight Regulation: House to vote on repealing joint-employer rule | EPA won't say which areas don't meet Obama smog rule | Lawmakers urge regulators to reject Perry plan New tax plan will hinder care for older Americans 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.