Next Big News,Energy,Energy News,Biden,Obama administration,Biden source The Washington Post title Biden’s bid for energy secretary: ‘You don’t get to tell us what to do’ article Biden on Thursday defended his nomination of Joe Biden as energy secretary, saying the president has a “long track record of working for the American people.”
“I don’t think that’s a new thing for anybody to say,” Biden told reporters in an interview with The Associated Press.
Biden is being considered by the Senate for the job.
He also is considering Vice President Joe Biden, the president’s brother and a former senator from Delaware.
Biden’s confirmation hearing for the Cabinet position is scheduled for Friday.
Bidens nomination to head the Department of Energy has been contentious because of his advocacy for pipelines and other projects, including the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines.
He said in September he supports the pipelines, which are already under construction in the Dakotas.
Bids for the Energy Department have been contentious since the start of the administration, when President Donald Trump repeatedly promised to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord.
But in February, Trump announced a $3 billion deal to build the Dakota and Missouri oil pipelines, and he signed an executive order for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas.
Trump and the Republican-led Congress have sought to delay construction on the pipelines.
In January, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 6-1 to reject a bid from the American Petroleum Institute and the American Oil Alliance to run the Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which was created in 2015 under the Obama administration.
A third bidder, the Energy Innovation Group, withdrew its bid.