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Ernest J. Moniz, PhD Biography

US Secretary of Energy
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“[C]oal, gas, and oil, the hydrocarbons, the fossil fuels generate about 85 percent of U.S. and frankly also of global energy supply. Up at the top, you see these little incursions of nuclear and non-hydro renewables and of course, one of the major questions going forward will be the extent to which those non-carbon emitting energy sources can displace fossil fuels…

There is a — there is, I would say, by demonstration a way for us to go forward, address our security and our climate concerns together. But it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to require really this — we have to succeed in some of these technology areas like bio-fuels, like carbon sequestration, like renewables, like nuclear, and we have to succeed simultaneously politically to have the will to take more than baby steps.”

Transcribed remarks from the speech “Energy and Security,” Aspen Ideas Fesitval, July 8, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Secretary, United States Department of Energy (DOE), May 21, 2013-present
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Fellow, Humboldt Foundation
  • Fellow, American Physical Society
  • Former Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Former Director, MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI)
  • Former Director, Laboratory for Energy and the Environment, MIT
  • Former Member, President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the DOE Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, and the Department of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee.
  • Former Director, ICF International, June 2011-2013
  • Former Board Member, Gas Technology Institute, Nexant, and American Science and Engineering, and
  • Former Advisory Board Member, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center
  • Former Consultant, General Electric, IHS CERA, and British Petroleum (BP)
  • Recipient, Seymour Cray High Performance Computing and Communications Industry Recognition Award, 1998
  • Under Secretary, United States Department of Energy, 1997-2001
  • Associate Director for Science, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, 1995-1997
  • PhD, Theoretical Physics, Stanford University, 1971
  • BS, summa cum laude, Physics, Boston College, 1966
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Athens
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Erlangen-Nurenberg
  • Honorary Doctorate, Michigan State University
Quoted in:
  1. Should Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Technology Be Developed?
  2. Is Nuclear Power Safe for Humans and the Environment?