Keep an eye on these appointees

The good news about Ernest Moniz, President Barack Obama’s nominee to become secretary of energy, is that he seems bullish about natural gas.

Obama recently revealed he is nominating Moniz, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor, to replace Steven Chu at the Department of Energy.

Moniz has been criticized by some environmentalists because of an MIT report that seemed to minimize concerns about hydraulic fracturing technology used to obtain gas. He has referred to gas as “a bridge to a low-carbon future.” To that, on another occasion, he added that gas “will play a crucial role in enabling very substantial reductions in carbon emissions.”

Also recently, Obama introduced his choice at new director of the Environmental Protection Agency. She is EPA veteran Gina McCarthy, who had a key part in writing many of the rules that threaten to make energy production more expensive.

Congress should keep a close watch on both Moniz and McCarthy to ensure that the policies they pursue do not send electricity prices soaring for tens of millions of Americans.