Episode 17 / Prof. Ernest J. Moniz

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About our Guest /

Ernest J. Moniz served under President Obama as the 13th U.S. Secretary of Energy. On leaving government, he founded the Energy Futures Initiative, a Washington based non-profit which seeks to advance technically grounded solutions to the climate crisis through science-based analysis, thought leadership, and coalition-building.

Prof. Moniz served on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty from 1973 until becoming Secretary of Energy in 2013 and is now the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems emeritus and Special Advisor to the MIT President.

He is co-chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a non-profit organization that has advanced innovative solutions for securing nuclear materials, building international cooperation for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, preventing the spread of disease and reducing radiological threats. He is the inaugural Distinguished Fellow of the Emerson Collective and CEO of the non-profit Energy Futures Initiative.

Prof. Moniz previously served in government as DOE Under Secretary from 1997 until January 2001 with science, energy, and nuclear security responsibilities and from 1995 to 1997 as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy with responsibility for the physical, life, and social sciences. He was a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and of the Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee from 2009 to 2013. He also served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future that provided advice to the President and the Secretary of Energy, particularly on nuclear waste management.

At MIT, Prof. Moniz was the Founding Director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and Director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment. Prof. Moniz is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Harvard Belfer Center.


Premieres / November 6, 2020   

Guest Links / 

  • Report calls on California to lead on carbon capture for deep decarbonization (22nd October 2020): Click here

  • An Action Plan for Carbon Capture and Storage in California: Opportunities, Challenges, and Solutions (October 2020): Click here

  • World Climate Foundation North American Virtual Summit (24 September 2020): Click here

  • The Importance of Building Coalitions for a Clean Energy Recovery From COVID-19 (14 April 2020): Click here

  • The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) at a Glance (October 2020): Click here

  • Clearing the Air: Technological Carbon Dioxide Remove RD&D Initiative (2019): Click here

  • US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz interviewed by BNEF’s Michael Liebreich at Summit (2014): Click here

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