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Will Ernest Moniz Be the Next Energy Secretary?

Feb 12, 2013
(Christian Science Monitor)

With Steven Chu set to step down from the top post at the U.S. Department of Energy, the search is on for a new Energy secretary.

And the question is whether President Obama will seek out a scientist in the the mold of Mr. Chu or change course and look for someone with more political experience?

Some say he may get both with Ernest Moniz, a nuclear physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. Mr. Moniz, who also serves as the director of MIT's Energy Initiative, has emerged as a top candidate to replace Chu, as first reported by Reuters.