Physicist Ernest J. Moniz warned that in the coming years, energy demand will double and demand for electricity will triple, leading to a catastrophic increase in the planet’s temperature. He spoke about a series of factors that can help prevent such a scenario.
In the coming years, energy demand will double and demand for electricity is expected to triple. That is the projection of MIT energy expert Ernest J. Moniz, who gave a presentation on global energy challenges this afternoon at La Moneda Palace.
Invited by the Ministry Secretary General of the Presidency (Segpres) as part of the Bicentenary Dialogues, the physicist from the United States emphasized that given such demand, global climate change will continue to worsen, with a “catastrophic increase in the temperature” of the planet.
The expert, an advisor to President Barack Obama on science and technology issues, said that innovation is critical for preventing this scenario, referring both to innovation in terms of technology as well as in economies around the world, in order to produce energy more efficiently.
Moniz said that key factors are efficiency (efficient buildings and transportation and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions), use of natural gas, energy generation from renewable sources, and production of electric vehicles.
The Bicentenary Dialogues are a series of encounters organized by Segpres to enrich the government’s work through conversations involving government officials and well-known intellectuals, entrepreneurs and politicians. Past participants in these talks have included French economist and political philosopher Guy Sorman, the former President of the Government of Spain, José María Aznar, and numerous Chileans, including former members of Congress Sergio Diez, Ricardo Núñez, Beltrán Urenda and Enrique Krauss, astronomer and Vice President of the Chilean Academy of Sciences, María Teresa Ruiz, and historian and member of the Chilean Academy of History, Isabel Cruz.
Ernest J. Moniz holds a B.S. in physics with honors from Boston College and earned a doctorate in theoretical physics at Stanford University. From 1995 to 1997, he served as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States. From 1997 to 2001 he was Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. He held both positions during the Clinton administration.
Mr. Moniz is currently a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Humboldt Foundation, the American Physical Society, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a member of President Barack Obama’s Science and Technology Advisory Council.