February 6, 2013
Exclusive - Obama considering MIT physicist Moniz for energy secretary: sources say
Barack Obama is considering naming nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz, one
of his science and energy advisers, as the next energy secretary,
sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.
who was undersecretary at the Energy Department during the Clinton
administration, is a familiar figure on Capitol Hill, where he has often
talked to lawmakers about how abundant supplies of U.S. natural gas
will gradually replace coal as a source of electricity.
director of MIT's Energy Initiative, a research group that gets funding
from industry heavyweights including BP, Chevron, and Saudi Aramco for
academic work on projects aimed at reducing climate-changing greenhouse
He did not respond to an e-mail request for comment on Wednesday evening.
gave a speech at MIT early in his first term where he praised the
Energy Initiative's research and spoke about the urgent need to address
climate change - a cause he has pledged to elevate again as a top
priority for his second term.
Obama is in the process of reshaping his energy and environmental policy team.
on Wednesday he nominated Sally Jewell, chief executive of outdoor
retailer REI, to be interior secretary, overseeing the national parks
and vast U.S. energy reserves.
He is also expected to name a new
leader of the Environmental Protection Agency. Sources told Reuters Gina
McCarthy, a top official in charge of air quality at the EPA, is the
leading candidate for the job.
Moniz is a member of the
President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, a group that
gives Obama recommendations on the role of science and innovation in the
Moniz would replace Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who announced last week he plans to step down.
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