New Energy Secretary Has Energy Background



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Through the years, we have had some people appointed to head the U.S. Department of Energy who didn’t have a strong background in energy. But, President Obama’s most recent appointment as Secretary of Energy, Ernest J. Moniz, is different.

Dr. Moniz, who has been a physics professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1973, served as Under Secretary of the Department of Energy from 1997 to 2001 and as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President from 1995 to 1997. He was responsible for overseeing the Department’s science and energy programs, leading a comprehensive review of nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship, and serving as the Secretary’s special negotiator for the disposition of Russian nuclear materials.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Moniz in May.

Moniz recently stated that the energy picture looks much better than in recent years, but the U.S. must use an “all of the above” energy approach to reduce the nation’s reliance on energy imports.

“Reducing our oil dependence must continue to be a key objective, even as we increase our domestic production,” he told an audience in Washington, DC, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Oct. 24 as reported in the Oil and Gas Journal.

DOE intends to continue work on unconventional oil and gas production, biofuels, higher-efficiency and alternative fueled vehicles; compressed natural gas vehicles, global gas market designs, and electric vehicles, Moniz said.


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