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Obama energy official wants Democrats to support Trump appointee

Amos Hochstein, a former energy official under Obama, at a 2017 event. Photo: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

A former top energy official in President Obama’s State Department is urging Senate Democrats to support the nomination of President Trump’s nominee for the same post.

Why it matters: Bipartisanship is nearly extinct in this Washington, particularly when it comes to Trump’s appointees. This support, conveyed in a letter sent to all Senate Democrats May 9 and viewed by Axios, is a sign that energy as a geopolitical issue is less polarizing than most others, even others in the same arena like climate change and coal.