Senate confirms Trump nominee Dan Brouillette to pursue ‘dominance’ agenda as energy secretary

The Senate voted Monday to confirm Dan Brouillette to be secretary of the Energy Department, positioning him to pursue the Trump administration’s “energy dominance” agenda.

Brouillette, a known commodity who is currently DOE deputy secretary, the No. 2 position, was confirmed easily in a bipartisan 70-15 vote on the first day after Rick Perry ended his nearly three-year run as secretary.

Brouillette, 57, won bipartisan support after assuring Democrats of his commitment to developing clean energy technologies, along with advancing Perry’s “energy dominance” agenda focused on producing and exporting coal and natural gas, especially to European countries dependent on imports of gas from Russia.

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