U.S. Senate confirms McNamee to FERC

The U.S. Senate on December 6th, 2018 confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick for the vacant seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Bernard McNamee, a Department of Energy lawyer that was opposed for his views on climate change and renewable power.

McNamee, a Republican who helped roll out a directive by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to subsidize aging coal and nuclear plants that the FERC ultimately nixed, was approved 50-49, in a vote along party lines. The FERC is an independent panel of the Energy Department that makes decisions on the electric power system and energy pipelines.

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