Moniz to Address Chamber of Commerce on Low-Carbon Strategies

Washington, D.C. (July 26, 2019): Former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz will introduce the framework for a “Green Real Deal” at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “EnergyInnovates” summit tomorrow. Moniz, founder and CEO of the Energy Futures Initiative, will discuss pathways that will be essential to facilitating the rapid energy transition to net-zero emissions by midcentury to an audience of global energy leaders at the event. You can register for the event here.

Moniz, who served as President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Energy from 2013-2017, has earlier addressed the urgent need for a broad coalition behind any set of actions on climate. The Green Real Deal’s elements include policies that are:

  • Science-based and analytically sound;

  • Pragmatic in providing maximum optionality and flexibility, enabling a broad coalition to form;

  • Relevant to all sectors of the economy, particularly those difficult to decarbonize such as transportation, industry, and agriculture;

  • Able to vary from region to region, in recognition that low-carbon solutions will necessarily be location dependent; and,

  • Designed to advance social equity and workforce skills development.

Earlier this year, Moniz and Andy Karsner— George W. Bush’s assistant energy secretary for renewable energy— issued an op-ed on CNBC.com calling for a push that “strive[s] for a broader public consensus that respects local differences and allows all citizens equal opportunity to build a prosperous, fair, safe and secure low-carbon future.”

Moniz’s presentation will be held on Wednesday, July 31 at 1:00 PM at the U.S. Chamber’s Global Energy Institute  “EnergyInnovates: All In’’ Summit in Washington D.C. (1615 H St. NW)  Featuring top business and government leaders, the summit (8:30 am-2:30 pm) will showcase innovators, projects, and technologies that have shaped today’s energy landscape – and are laying the groundwork for the future. Credentialed media should RSVP to GEI’s Matt Letourneau (mletourneau@uschamber.com).