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Renaissance man who's 'anything but shy' faces fight for FERC gavel

Depending on whose spin you believe, President Obama's nominee for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman is either a radical environmentalist hellbent on greening the electric grid no matter the cost or a level-headed energy regulator getting a bad rap. But friends of FERC nominee Ron Binz -- whose confirmation hearing is tomorrow before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee -- say the man is a lot more interesting than the caricature being drawn by either side. Binz, they say, is a Renaissance man.

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