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What Washington Has in Store for Energy

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- New appointments for President Obama's second term have included a new Secretary of Energy and a new commissioner at the Environmental Protection Agency. Do either of these appointments signal anything new in policy on energy going forward?

In a word, no. Ernest Moniz, the choice for Energy secretary, is another MIT scientist very much in the same mold as outgoing Secretary Steven Chu. He's an advocate of the "all-of-the-above" energy strategy proposed by President Obama that ultimately leads nowhere special, particularly on natural gas, even though Moniz is known to be an advocate of fracking.

At the EPA, Gina McCarthy is similarly diligent in proposing and assessing stringent air and water regulations as the outgoing commissioner Lisa Jackson. McCarthy's history hails much more from the Republican ranks having worked for Mitt Romney when he was Governor of Massachusetts. However, she has shown a strong advocacy for stringent air and water regulations and their enforcement.

See the video I shot with Jim Cramer for my take on what these appointments mean for the energy sector and how it could be affected.


This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

Dan Dicker has been a floor trader at the New York Mercantile Exchange with more than 25 years of oil trading experience. He is a licensed commodities trade adviser.

Dan is currently President of MercBloc LLC, a wealth management firm and is the author of "Oil's Endless Bid," published in March of 2011 by John Wiley and Sons.

Dan Dicker has appeared as an energy analyst since 2002 with all the major financial news networks. He has lent his expertise in hundreds of live radio and television broadcasts on CNBC, Bloomberg US and UK and CNNfn.

Dan obtained a bachelor of arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1982.

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