Is MIT Nuclear Physicist Going To Be the Next Energy Secretary?
Recent news showed that President Barack Obama is likely to choose nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz, as one of his science and energy advisers. He is most likely to be named as the next energy secretary, if sources close to the matter are to be heard.
Moniz, who is director of MIT's Energy Initiative, a research group, which works on getting funding from industry heavyweights including BP, Chevron, and Saudi Aramco for academic work on projects focused on climate changes. He is also a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, which solely focus on science and innovation in the economy.
It has been known that Moniz is a known name on Capitol Hill, where he has shared his thoughts on how large supplies of US natural gas would lead to steady replacement of coal as a major source of energy in the time to come. When queried about the news, Moniz didn't respond on the matter.
Of late, Obama's speech on climate at MIT early in his first term has been in talks, where he appreciated efforts made by the Energy Initiative's research.
It was last week that Steven Chu shared his plans to quite the post that reports have started floating about the potential replacement and Moniz name has been coming out quite prominently.