Ernest Moniz confirmed as next Secretary of the US Department of Energy

17 May 2013

NEW YORK: The US Senate unanimously confirmed Ernest Moniz as the next Secretary of the US Department of Energy (DOE) today, by a vote of 97 to 0.

The strong bipartisan vote reflected broad support for Moniz, who has drawn praise from both liberals and conservatives, as well as some environmentalists and industry.

A proponent of government action to address climate change, at his confirmation hearing Moniz said: “The President has advocated an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy and, if confirmed as Secretary, I will pursue this with the highest priority. As the President said when he announced my nomination, ‘we can produce more energy and grow our economy while still taking care of our air, water, and climate.”

“The need to mitigate climate change risks is emphatically supported by the science and by many military and religious leaders, as well as the engaged scientific community. DOE should continue to support a robust R&D portfolio of low carbon options: efficiency, renewables, nuclear, carbon capture and sequestration, energy storage.”

Moniz has also supported a price on carbon, recommending in 2008 that President Obama, “implement carbon dioxide emissions pricing, most likely through a cap-and-trade system.”

In the open letter to the President, Moniz went on to say that, “charging for carbon emissions will stimulate the market to introduce low carbon technologies.” However, carbon pricing policies will not fall under his purview as DOE chief.

Amy Davidsen, US Executive Director, The Climate Group, said: “Secretary Moniz understands the risks represented by climate change, as well as the importance of addressing them by moving our economy towards low carbon sources of energy.

"We congratulate him on his confirmation, and look forward to supporting his efforts to bring about a Clean Revolution in the US in the coming years.”

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