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Senate Confirms MIT’s Moniz as Obama’s Energy Secretary

Physicist Ernest Moniz won Senate confirmation to lead the Energy Department and help direct clean-energy investments while deciding how much of the U.S.’s natural gas bounty should be exported.

The Senate voted 97-0 for Moniz, who ran an energy research institute while at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and served on a blue ribbon panel studying nuclear waste issues during President Barack Obama’s first term.