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The Future of Coal: RFF Seminar

Mar 14, 2007

About the Event

The Future of Coal

March 14, 2007
An RFF Seminar to release MIT Study

As a cheap and plentiful fuel, coal is likely to remain an important source of energy to a world beset by climate change. "The Future of Coal in a Carbon Constrained World," a new study from MIT, examines the technical, economic, environmental, and political issues that must be resolved to limit CO2 emissions from coal-burning power generation plants to help address the issue of global warming.

The co-chairs of this study, John M. Deutch, Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a member of the Resources for the Future Board of Directors, and Ernest J. Moniz, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems at MIT, will discuss the report and take questions from the audience. The seminar is open to the public, but the first part of the question and answer period will be reserved for questions from accredited members of the media.

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John M. Deutch
Institute Professor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

John Deutch is an institute professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an RFF Board member. He has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1970 and has served as chairman of the Department of Chemistry, dean of Science, and provost. His research has yielded more than 140 technical publications in physical chemistry, as well as numerous publications on technology, energy, international security, and public policy issues.


Deutch has served in significant government and academic posts throughout his career. In May 1995, he was sworn in as director of central intelligence following a unanimous vote in the Senate and served in this capacity until December 1996. In this position, he was head of the Intelligence Community (all foreign intelligence agencies of the United States) and directed the Central Intelligence Agency. He has also served as the deputy secretary of defense and under secretary of defense for acquisitions and technology. From 1977 to 1980, Deutch served in a number of positions for the U.S. Department of Energy, including director of energy research, acting assistant secretary for energy technology, and undersecretary of the department.

He has served on many commissions during several presidential administrations, including the President's Nuclear Safety Oversight Committee; the President's Commission on Strategic Forces; the White House Science Council; the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology, the President's Intelligence Advisory Board; the President's Commission on Aviation Safety and Security; the Commission on Reducing and Protecting Government Secrecy; and the Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, which he chaired.

Deutch has received fellowships and honors from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Public Service Medals have been awarded him from the Departments of Energy, State, Defense, Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard, and he has also received Distinguished Intelligence Medals from the Central Intelligence Agency and the Intelligence Community. He received the Greater Boston Federal Executive Board's Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill Award for exemplary public service in 2002.

He earned a B.A. in history and economics from Amherst College, and a B.S. in chemical engineering and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from MIT. He holds honorary degrees from Amherst College, University of Lowell, and Northeastern University. He serves as director for the following publicly held companies: Citigroup, Cummins, Raytheon and Schlumberger Ltd. He is a trustee of the Urban Institute and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Ernest J. Moniz
Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ernest J. Moniz is a professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has served on the faculty since 1973 and as head of the Department of Physics and director of the Bates Linear Accelerator Center. Moniz also served as under secretary of the Department of Energy, and as associate director for science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President, where his responsibilities spanned the physical, life, and social and behavioral sciences; science education; and university-government partnerships. His principal research contributions have been in theoretical nuclear physics, particularly in advancing nuclear reaction theory at high energy.


Moniz received a B.S. in physics from Boston College, a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Stanford University, and honorary doctorates from the University of Athens and the University of Erlangen-Nurenburg. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Humboldt Foundation, and the American Physical Society and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Moniz received the 1998 Seymour Cray HPCC Industry Recognition Award for vision and leadership in advancing scientific simulation.


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