"Jim is a proven leader whose relevant experience and skill make him a top contender for this critical role, especially as America continues to fight to become energy independent. Additionally, he is a responsible businessman and comes from an energy-producing state putting him in a unique position to offer fresh ideas to help lower energy costs and achieve energy sustainability. I have no doubt Jim Bernhard is the right selection, and I urge the president to name him as Sec. Steven Chu's successor as soon as possible."
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said in an email response that Bernhard would make a great choice.
"Jim Bernhard is an industrialist and an environmentalist who has dedicated his life to being a responsible steward of our natural resources," Landrieu stated.