Binz Drops Out of FERC Consideration

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Alex Brown
Oct. 1, 2013, 4:52 a.m.

In a move that comes as no sur­prise, Ron Binz has dropped his bid to chair the Fed­er­al En­ergy Reg­u­lat­ory Com­mis­sion. Met with stiff op­pos­i­tion from Re­pub­lic­ans and one Demo­crats, Binz was un­able to earn the re­com­mend­a­tion of the Sen­ate En­ergy and Nat­ur­al Re­sources Com­mit­tee, sink­ing his nom­in­a­tion.

“Last even­ing, I asked the pres­id­ent that my name be with­drawn from fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion as his nom­in­ee to the Fed­er­al En­ergy Reg­u­lat­ory Com­mis­sion,” Binz said in a Tues­day morn­ing press re­lease. “It ap­pears that my nom­in­a­tion will not be re­por­ted fa­vor­ably by the Sen­ate En­ergy and Nat­ur­al Re­sources Com­mit­tee. I am with­draw­ing so that the pres­id­ent can move for­ward with an­oth­er nom­in­ee, al­low­ing the FERC to con­tin­ue its im­port­ant work with a full com­ple­ment of com­mis­sion­ers.”

All 10 Re­pub­lic­ans on the com­mit­tee re­portedly op­posed Binz’s con­firm­a­tion, as well as Demo­crat­ic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Vir­gin­ia. Binz was cri­ti­cized by some on the com­mit­tee for fa­vor­ing re­new­able fuels over coal, though he has said he is not anti-coal.


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