Washington, DC, United States (4E) – United States President Barack Obama on Monday reshuffled his second term cabinet and nominated nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz as Secretary of Energy Department, air quality expert Gina McCarthy to head Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The president also nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell as his budget director before holding his cabinet meeting of this term.
The nominations for new heads of energy department and EPA are awaiting Senate’s confirmation before assuming the posts.
Ms McCarthy, who is assistant administrator of the agency’s office of air and radiation, will succeed Lisa Jackson, while Dr Moniz will replace Steven Chu if confirmed by the Senate.
Explaining his choice, Obama said that his nominees would be able to promote economic growth while protecting the environment.
“Ernie knows that we can produce more energy and grow our economy while still taking care of our air, our water and our climate,” Obama said at the White House.