Former Deputy Secretary of Energy and former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz Daniel B. Poneman ’78 mentioned the significance of nuclear vitality in an occasion moderated by Harvard Kennedy School Professor Meghan L. O’Sullivan on the Institute of Politics Monday night time.
Moniz, an MIT physics professor who worked as Energy Secretary through the second time period of the Obama administration, and Poneman, who served because the division’s deputy secretary through the Obama administration, spoke about nuclear power as a vital energy supply.
Moniz stated nuclear vitality, along with renewable assets like wind and solar energy, shall be obligatory as the USA makes an attempt to manoeuvre towards a web-zero carbon output.
Each Moniz and Poneman mentioned carbon reductions via the usage of renewable power alone are usually not ample for present vitality calls for. Moniz cited California, for example of the infeasibility of counting on renewable assets alone, with not sufficient wind and solar to generate enough renewable vitality within the state year-round.
Poneman spoke about his perception of nuclear power as a possible answer to power calls for in addition to a number of different nationwide and world points. Each Poneman and Moniz additionally burdened the significance of forming coalitions, each internally and internationally, across the situation of nuclear energy.
“There are some individuals who assume climate change is a hoax; however, they may suppose America must be an excellent chief in nuclear vitality due to our world influence,” Poneman mentioned. “There may be some individuals who actually don’t care in regards to the international world; however, fear concerning the local weather change.”
He added that nuclear energy in the US seems to be waning as different countries like South Korea and China improve their use of nuclear energy. “We nonetheless have a management function to play,” he stated. “However, the management function we wish to take pleasure in has considerably eroded.” Duncan O. Glew ’23 stated he attended the occasion to study more about nuclear power.