Trump’s latest nominees for key DOE positions yearn from big business

The White House, err, Trump has nominated cabinet level positions to the Department of Energy.

Why is this important?

These nominees would bring a heavy tilt toward utility interests and big investment interests on board if confirmed by the Senate.

Here are the nominees:

Mark Wesley Menezes of Virginia to be Under Secretary of the Department of Energy. Mr. Menezes is Vice President of Federal Relations for Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a diversified energy company. Before joining Berkshire, Mr. Menezes was a partner at Hunton & Williams heading its energy practice group.

Paul Dabbar of New York to be Under Secretary for Science, Department of Energy. Mr. Dabbar is Managing Director for Mergers & Acquisitions for J.P. Morgan, and has over $400 billion in investment experience across all energy sectors including solar, wind, geothermal, distributed-generation, utility, LNG, pipeline, oil & gas, trading, energy technology, and has also led the majority of all nuclear transactions.

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