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Ernest Moniz Receives Carnegie’s Inaugural Richard A. Meserve Public Service Award

EJM Associates Chairman, Ernest Moniz, received Carnegie’s inaugural Richard A. Meserve Public Service award in recognition of his “exemplary leadership and accomplishment in furthering public understanding of science.”

Named after Carnegie's president emeritus, the honor was created to recognize science educators, policymakers, philanthropists, and outreach-oriented research scientists who make exceptional contributions to the scientific enterprise through advancing the public’s understanding of science and its role in the betterment of humankind.

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Moniz on the Role of Natural Gas in the Global Energy Transition

EJM Associates Chairman, Ernest Moniz, was a keynote speaker at the World Gas Conference in Washington DC. In an interview with the International Gas Union, he addressed the important role natural gas will play in the transition to a clean energy economy.

Moniz on Attending Vatican Climate Dialogue

On June 7-9, the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development hosted a dialogue, “The Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home.”

The event, sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, convened leaders in the oil and gas, renewable energy, and global investment sectors. Former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems emeritus, participated in the dialogue at the Vatican and had the opportunity to meet with Pope Francis.

After the event, Moniz spoke with the MIT Energy Initiative — which he founded in 2006 as its inaugural director — on a few of the main themes and takeaways from the meeting.

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Is Individual Apathy the Primary Barrier to Combating Climate Change? An Oxford Union Debate.

Ernest Moniz joined other global thought leaders at the Oxford Union Society for a debate on the proposition that "This House Believes Individual Apathy is the Greatest Threat to Our Climate." He argued that the primary barrier to combating climate change is not apathy, but rather the imperative to address the different needs and challenges faced by people, workers, communities, and regions so they can all participate in and benefit from a low carbon future.

Dr. Ernest J. Moniz on Global Security Tensions

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted Ernest J. Moniz, the co-chair and CEO of NTI, Chairman and CEO of EJM Associates, and former U.S. Secretary of Energy, for a discussion in which he addressed the increased risk of nuclear miscalculation against the backdrop of today’s rapidly evolving global security threats, the need to rethink outdated nuclear deterrence postures, and the imperative to prevent nuclear proliferations and develop new fuel-cycle policy solutions. Moniz also discussed the future of the Iran nuclear agreement and the current crisis with North Korea. His remarks were followed by a discussion with John Hamre, president and CEO of CSIS.

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Moniz on Energy Innovation

“We have seen a revolution in the costs of a variety of energy technologies and that’s why at the Department of Energy we called the new update Revolution Now.” Secretary Ernest Moniz sat down with a NowThis producer to discuss energy innovation and emerging energy technologies.

Moniz on White House Chronicle

Llewellyn King interviews former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and other experts on climate change and issues impacting the global energy sector that the Dentons Global Energy Forum in Washington. Sec. Moniz appears at 17 minutes into this video.

Guests include Gen. James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.), Jones Group International; Dr. Ernest Moniz, Energy Futures Initiative; Newt Gingrich, Dentons; Clinton A. Vince, Dentons; and Karl V. Hopkins, Dentons.

Climate Change​ and​ Issues Impacting the Global Energy Sector, with Ernest Moniz and Newt Gingrich Ep 9038 from White House Chronicle on Vimeo.

Hezir: Designing Successful Energy Demonstration Projects

EFI Prinicpal Joseph S. Hezir participated in a panel sponsored by Information Technology and Innovation Foundation in Washington, D.C. on transformational clean-energy innovations.

Moniz on Hardtalk: The Iran Nuclear Deal and the Paris Climate Accord

How significant will President Trump’s U-turns on Obama-era agreements prove to be? Stephen Sackur speaks to Ernest Moniz, Energy Secretary in the Obama Administration and a key figure in two landmark commitments - the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate change accord.

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Ernest Moniz Receives the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun from Japan

In March of 2018 Ernest Moniz received the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun in a ceremony at the Japanese ambassador’s residence in Washington. This honor is among the highest conferred by the Japanese government on foreign nationals. Japanese Ambassador to the United States Ken'ichirō Sasae presented the award to Secretary Moniz for “contributions towards strengthening the relationship in the field of energy between Japan and the United States,” according to the official citation.

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Kenderdine & Jermain: US Power Grid Needs Defense Against Looming Cyber Attacks

Melanie Kenderdine partnered with David Jermain, electricity policy consultant and EFI Distinguished Associate, to publish an Op-Ed on possible large-scale grid cyberattacks:

A recent poll showed that more than 90 percent of Americans believe the government is not doing enough to protect the electric grid from cybersecurity attacks. Their fears appear to be justified.

This month, the U.S. government revealed its concerns about Russian incursions into the operating systems of domestic electric power plants and noted that the efforts to disrupt date back to 2013. These attacks have the capability to bring down all or part of our electricity service.

Such large-scale grid cyberattacks were foreseen.

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Moniz & McLarty: 5 Ways to Modernize NAFTA by Focusing on Energy

EJM CEO Ernest J. Moniz teamed up with Thomas F. ''Mack'' McLarty III for an opinion piece in the Dallas Morning News on the importance of keeping energy at the forefront of the NAFTA renegotiations:

Surrounded by roaring crowds at his rallies, candidate Donald Trump assailed multilateral agreements and threatened to rip up NAFTA, characterizing it as "the worst trade deal ever." Indeed, Trump's suspicion of trade dates back to the 1980s when he first began to engage on the issue.

As president, he continues to be suspicious. On day three of his presidency, he withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (although he may be having second thoughts) and more recently slapped harsh tariffs on steel and aluminum imports — sparing Mexico and Canada only for now.

Despite the push to achieve an "agreement in principle" on the North American Free Trade Agreement for last week's Summit of the Americas, the temptation to withdraw remains. In a recent cabinet meeting, the president told reporters, "We are fairly close on NAFTA and if we don't make the right deal, we'll terminate NAFTA and we'll make the right deal after that."

We each learned firsthand that achieving international accords is never easy. As chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, one of us helped pass NAFTA 25 years ago. As secretary of energy under President Barack Obama, the other worked to deepen trilateral energy integration, frequently engaging our neighbors to the north and south on a wide range of energy issues.

We are confident that it's possible to reach the modernized NAFTA that the president promised, building on its foundations and expanding fair and reciprocal trade, with energy at the heart of these efforts.

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Kenderdine, Hezir: LNG to Change Global Markets

The world is moving toward a global natural gas market, one that will materialize relatively quickly, according to two former Department of Energy officials.

Melanie Kenderdine and Joseph Hezir, who worked at DOE under the Obama administration see the U.S. shale gas revolution as upending world natural gas trading, but caution that the rise of gas could be cut short by the growing popularity of renewable energy generation.

The two experts yesterday mused about the future of the natural gas market in the United States and abroad to an audience of mostly private-equity energy investors, gathered here for the annual year-end Privcap Game Change: Energy conference.

"By 2020, LNG volumes will exceed pipeline volumes of gas for the first time in the history of gas," Kenderdine said. U.S. LNG exports with no fixed destination are "contributing to the development of a global gas market," she said.

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Melanie Kenderdine attends the International Women’s Forum (IWF) World Leadership Conference

“We need to figure out how to provide electricity to those countries without damaging the planet.”

In October of 2017, EJM Associates Principal Melanie Kenderdine joined almost 1,000 women experts and innovators at the International Women’s Forum (IWF) World Leadership Conference in Houston Texas. Melanie joined as a panelist for a discussion titled “Powering the World: Energy Economics,” which focused on the use of renewable energy, the economics and geopolitics of energy production, and the impact of emerging technologies.

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Moniz on 'The Future of Energy' at the Yale Climate Conference

EJM founder Ernest Moniz joined former Secretary of State John Kerry and a panel of experts at Yale University for the first Kerry Initiative event on climate change.

Moniz discusses global nuclear threats on Real Time With Bill Maher

Under Trump, energy security is running on empty

"The Trump administration has put forward a budget proposal for fiscal 2018 that would, if enacted, erode U.S. energy security, diminish our competitiveness in the growing global clean energy economy and slow progress in modernizing our domestic energy economy on the path to a low-carbon energy future."

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11 brights ideas for Washington

"The most important role the government can play is to maintain the bipartisan commitment to invest in a low-carbon energy future and promote regional innovation. While the rest of the world is doubling down on clean energy innovation investments—both as a solution to environmental and security challenges and to capture market share in the multitrillion-dollar global clean energy economy—the Trump administration’s proposed budget would cut them in half. Congress should stay the course on bipartisan research and development investments that will pay significant dividends to the country in the future. These investments are good for business, jobs, regional economies and the nation’s laboratories and universities."

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Trump abdicates US leadership on climate change

"The Trump administration’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement has just made the question “What do the US, Nicaragua and Syria have in common?” a staple of late night comedy.

But this is serious business. The statement from President Trump that the United States will exit the agreement, combined with his first budget proposal, effectively denies science, diminishes US competitiveness in the developing multi-trillion-dollar clean energy global marketplace, abdicates US leadership on an urgent issue of global concern, and once again shakes the confidence of allies and friends about American commitment to collective obligations. History will judge the president harshly."

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Moniz, Kenderdine, and Hezir: One Easy Way to Pay for New U.S. Infrastructure

EJM Principals Ernest Moniz, Melanie Kenderdine, and Joe Hezir teamed up to show how the DOE loan programs could be used to jump start infrastructure rebuilding: President Donald Trump says he wants to “rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.” The framework he has submitted to Congress will need bipartisan support to become law, but there is reason for optimism: Infrastructure investments tend to have broad appeal, because they support economic growth, security, health and well-being long into the future.

In the near term, however, they are expensive. And Congress will have to keep in mind the expanding national debt.

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Moniz on NowThis: Why Repealing Iran Deal Would Be a Disaster

“If we walk away from the Iran agreement, what we do is we give Iran, in my opinion, a present.”

In January of 2018, Secretary Moniz appeared in a Facebook video by NowThis to discuss the Iran Deal.

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Moniz on Iran: The deal is going through