Energy Nominee Ernest Moniz Backs Increased Use of Natural Gas

"President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Energy Department pledged to increase use of natural gas Tuesday as a way to combat climate change even as the nation seeks to boost domestic energy production."

"Ernest Moniz, a physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said “a stunning increase” in production of domestic natural gas in recent years was nothing less than a “revolution” that has led to reduced emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that cause global warming.

The natural gas boom also has led to a dramatic expansion of manufacturing and job creation, Moniz told the Senate Energy Committee.

Even so, Moniz stopped short of endorsing widespread exports of natural gas, saying he wanted to study the issue further."

Matthew Daly reports for the Associated Press April 9, 2013.


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Source: AP, 04/10/2013