Following a weeks-long delay sparked by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the Senate voted to confirm Ernest Moniz as the Obama administration's new secretary of energy by a vote of 97-0. The physicist and former DOE undersecretary under former President Bill Clinton received accolades from representatives of the energy industry and environmental groups alike, with Edison Electric Institute President Tom Kuhn calling him "a visionary leader with excellent credentials for his new job."

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