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Elise Zuidema
February 7th, 2013

Rumored DOE Appointee Would Harm President Obama’s Climate Goals

Statement by Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter

Washington, D.C. – “Rumors are circulating that President Obama is considering Ernest Moniz as Secretary of the Department of Energy. Mr. Moniz is a known cheerleader for exploiting our reserves of natural gas using a highly controversial and polluting practice known as hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). His appointment to the DOE could set renewable energy development back years. If we pursue our fossil fuel addiction by expanding fracking, which Mr. Moniz will likely advocate, the oil and gas industry will thrive while true energy efficiency and renewable solutions languish. Our water, public health and climate would suffer.

“Mr. Moniz is affiliated with the industry-backed MIT Energy Initiative, so we shouldn’t be surprised about his favorable position on fracking. But President Obama could do a lot better. Appointing Mr. Moniz would be a nail in the coffin for one of his most lauded inaugural speech promises: a commitment to focus on climate solutions.”

Contact: Seth Gladstone – sgladstone(at)fwwatch.org, 718.943.8063

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