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McCULLOUGH: President Obama makes good call for DOE Secretary

Ernest Moniz

Ernest Moniz

America is blessed with abundant energy resources, a strong energy infrastructure and people skilled to deliver affordable, reliable energy.

To lead our nation to great energy security, President Obama has nominated a man of deep qualification, seasoned experience and proven leadership ability.

Ernest J. Moniz graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree in physics from Boston College. He earned a doctorate in theoretical physics from Stanford University and has honorary doctorates from the University of Athens, the University of Erlangen-Nurenberg and Michigan State University.

Currently, Dr. Moniz is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, director, Laboratory for Energy and Environment and director of the Energy Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Respected internationally, Dr. Moniz served as under secretary of energy from 1997-2001 and associate director for science and technology policy in the Executive Office of The President from 1995-1997.

While at the Department of Energy, Dr. Moniz made the world safer by leading a comprehensive review of nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship and serving as the Secretary’s special negotiator for Russian nuclear materials disposition programs. Through his service on the Blue Ribbon Committee on America’s Nuclear Future, Dr. Moniz shaped the vision for the only generation source of 24 – 7 baseload electricity that produces no greenhouse gas emissions. Toward optimizing the interrelationship of energy, the environment and economy, Dr. Moniz has led studies on the future of nuclear power, nuclear fuel cycles, coal, natural gas and solar energy in a low carbon world.

Dr. Moniz has experienced the demands placed on DOE to maintain nuclear weapons for national defense, manage nuclear waste storage facilities and to lead research for development of diverse energy sources needed to fuel the world’s largest economy.

Across our country’s vast energy frontier, in the classroom, research laboratory, at the Department of Energy and in The White House, Dr. Moniz has prepared himself to be the leader America needs at this pivotal time of challenge and opportunity. The U.S. Senate will soon begin its constitutional responsibilities of advice and consent on the President’s nomination of Dr. Ernie Moniz for secretary of energy. Dr. Moniz has experienced an investigation of his background and record of work and will face intense questioning. After careful, deliberate consideration, the Senate will do well to render its consent and confirm Dr. Ernie Moniz as secretary of energy.

Glenn McCullough Jr. is a former mayor of Tupelo and served as chairman of TVA from 2001-2005.

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