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Sierra Club Statement on Confirmation of Ernest Moniz As Secretary of Energy

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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Jenny Chang, jenny.chang@sierraclub.org , 202-495-3020
Eitan Bencuya, eitan.bencuya@sierraclub.org, 202-495-3047


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Ernest Moniz as the new Secretary of Energy. In his new role at the helm of the Department of Energy (DOE), he will be responsible for implementing President Obama's energy policy, including overseeing investments in clean energy, reducing the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, working to address the global climate crisis, and helping to create millions of new jobs.

Secretary Moniz will also have full authority to decide what role domestically-fracked gas will play in the nation’s energy future.  

In response, Deb Nardone, the Sierra Club's Beyond Natural Gas Campaign Director, issued the following statement:

“The Sierra Club and its 2.1 million members and supporters congratulate Dr. Ernest Moniz on his confirmation as the new Secretary of Energy. As Energy Secretary, Dr. Moniz will make important decisions that will shape America’s energy and climate landscape for decades to come, including the agency’s response to 24 proposed liquefied natural gas terminals that could export up to 45 percent of the nation’s total natural gas production. We urge Secretary Moniz to take a timeout on exports to complete a thorough economic and environmental assessment.

“When looking at a full picture of what increased fracking would mean for Americans’ health and future, we are confident the DOE will find that LNG exports are not in the best interest of the American public. Natural gas is a dirty, dangerous fossil fuel, which poses serious health risks due to air and water pollution from fracking and releases large quantities of methane - a gas that has more than 70 times the climate impact of carbon dioxide.

“To do what is right by the American public, we need Secretary Moniz to go all in on smart energy and climate solutions, like solar, wind, and energy efficiency and to protect our children’s health and future, while creating jobs for American workers."


Read Deb Nardone's open letter to Secretary Moniz on natural gas exports.

To find out more about why exporting natural gas is bad for America’s public health and environment, read the Sierra Club’s report.

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