Ernest Moniz  

In Part One of this two-part series with Ernie Moniz, the nuclear physicist from MIT who served as the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Aaron focuses on Moniz’s intimate participation in and responsibilities related to the negotiation of the Iran Nuclear Agreement (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action).  Moniz argues why the United States should be supportive of it even though many people have qualms about its lack of perfection and our long history of difficulty with Iran.  Moniz also posits why we need to take steps to reduce the threats not only from nuclear weapons but also from “dirty bombs,” biochemical weapons, pandemics and other non-nuclear threats.  Moniz also describes the severe dangers of global warming due to thermal expansion and the challenges that are created by a changing climate.

In Part Two of this two-part series with the former U.S. Secretary of Energy, Ernie Moniz, he discusses Climate Change and its implications for our safety and well-being.  He details why the threats are so serious that taking action immediately is imperative.  Moniz questions the inaction of our government in terms of policy changes and questions how much more information they need in order to take the steps required to preserve our environment and protect our country.  Moniz also describes why nuclear energy is preferable to energy derived from oil and gas resources.  He explains the need for the government to do more to equally support clean energy technologies relative to subsidies fossil fuels have and continue to receive.

Aaron talks with Ernest Moniz, the likely nomination by President Obama to be the Secretary of Energy.

Ernest J. Moniz is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, Director of the Energy Initiative, and Director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment at the MIT Department of Physics, where he has served on the faculty since 1973.

Professor Moniz served as Under Secretary of the Department of Energy from 1997 until January 2001 and, from 1995-97, as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President.

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