President Trump’s nominee to run the Energy Department on Tuesday announced that he would be paying a $1.8 million annual salary.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski Lisa Ann MurkowskiFlake says Kavanaugh nomination is ‘100 percent’ as FBI investigates Kavanaugh allegation Trump nominates former CIA director to head FBI MORE (R-Alaska) is the first member of Trump’s Cabinet to announce her intention to run for president, and she said that she has been “humbled and honored” by her role.
“I am humbled and honored to have been selected to serve as the first Energy Secretary in history.
I have always wanted to serve our country in the highest and best possible capacity,” Murkowski said in a statement.”
With the nation’s energy resources under serious threat, it is essential that the Department of Energy continue to play an active role in ensuring America’s energy security and competitiveness.
It is my honor and my privilege to serve the American people, the men and women who work here, and all Americans who depend on our energy supplies.”
Trump tapped Murkowski to lead the Energy department after he tapped former Oklahoma Gov.
Mary Fallin to lead his agency, which oversees the nation of oil, gas, coal and nuclear power.
Murkowski, who is also the vice chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has been a vocal critic of Trump.
During her confirmation hearing in March, Murkowski took issue with the administration’s stance on climate change.
“Climate change is real, and it’s caused by human activity,” she said.
“I am not a scientist, I have not taken a scientific course on this issue, but I know that humans are contributing to climate change, and we should act now.”
After her confirmation, she became the first senator to take a public stand on the issue.
“It’s really important to acknowledge that we have not solved the climate crisis.
I’m not a big believer in solutions, but the president and his cabinet have clearly indicated that they believe that climate change is a real problem,” Murkowksi said.”
And that we need to do everything we can to slow the growth of emissions that are responsible for climate change.”
She has been vocal about her support for the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring crude oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
In August, she tweeted that she would support the pipeline if it is built, and in October she wrote that she was “not opposed to climate action.”
During the Senate confirmation hearing, Murkowsi was asked about her views on climate action, and her response suggested that she did not support the Keystone pipeline.
“My position is that we’ve got to do our part to keep carbon in the atmosphere, and that’s something that we’re going to have to take very seriously,” she told senators.
“We’ve got an obligation to continue to act to slow our emissions and we’ve gotta do a lot more.”
The Energy Department is one of the federal agencies that is currently investigating the potential impact of climate change on Alaska’s oil and gas industry.
The department is also investigating the oil spill in the Arctic last summer, and the spill in Texas.