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Energy Secretary Moniz leaves dirty work on coal to others
He has deflected questions, for example, about the proposed Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project that is stalled as President Obama weighs whether to give it his approval. Asked repeatedly about the $7 billion project last week, Mr. Moniz wouldn’t give an opinion on it and indicated that he hasn’t been consulted about whether Mr. Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry should approve the pipeline.
“My basic thought is that responsibility rests with Secretary Kerry to do the analysis and make a recommendation on that,” Mr. Moniz said. “If we are asked to comment, it would be purely on some technical issues, as opposed to the decision-making process.”
“Policy is being run out of the White House,” Mr. Kish said. “How is the energy secretary supposed to be responsible for energy in this country when the State Department is making the decision on Keystone? It’s sort of like secretary in name only. On the biggest issues affecting energy in the United States, he doesn’t have any say over those and doesn’t seem to have any input.”
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