25 May '13, 2pm

Ernest Moniz, Natural Gas and the Renewable Energy Future

Ernest Moniz, Natural Gas and the Renewable Energy Future

In a town hall meeting with staffers last week, new Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz dropped a bombshell and a hint. The bombshell, at least as far as fans of natural gas are concerned, is that Moniz sees natural gas not as a permanent fixture in the U.S. energy landscape but merely as a temporary “bridge” to a globally competitive, low carbon future that is well within our grasp. As for the hint, Moniz mentioned that the Energy Department will ramp up its efforts to develop small hydro, engineered geothermal systems and other “forgotten renewables.” That could have a profound impact on the ability of different areas of the country to leverage local and regional energy resources for economic development. Water by dr_relling Forgotten Renewables The phrase “forgotten renewables ” came up during Moniz’s confirmation hearings, in the opening statement of Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)...

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