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.

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