Senate Confirms Granholm as Energy Secretary
Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) commended Granholm for the work she did advancing the clean energy sector in Michigan during her time as Governor: “I saw how she handled the difficult challenges facing her during the Great Recession, when the bottom dropped out of the auto industry in her state. She helped save the domestic auto industry; she diversified Michigan’s economy; she brought in new investment in new industry and she created new jobs, leaving no worker behind.”
During her confirmation hearing, Republicans questioned her at length on her position on fossil fuels. She shared her support for continuing to develop carbon capture and storage technology to produce fossil fuels more cleanly. Ranking Member John Barrasso (R-WY) specifically questioned Granholm on previous statements supporting keeping fossil fuels ‘in the ground;’ Granholm responded by noting it is important that as we develop fossil fuel resources, we also develop technologies to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, which will be critical to meeting the Biden Administration’s net-zero carbon emissions goals.
During the confirmation hearing, Granholm outlined her priorities for executing DOE’s mission, noting “I will focus on three missions: first, the security of America through the National Nuclear Security Administration and clean-up of our Cold War legacy, ensuring that we can protect our nation. Second, supporting the amazing scientific work being done at the DOE’s 17 National Labs and other facilities across the country, including research on climate change and emissions reductions. And third, taking that research to scale, deploying it to create jobs for Americans.”
To view the full hearing, visit: https://www.energy.senate.gov/hearings/2021/1/hearing-to-consider-nomination-of-the-honorable.