Energy nominee Moniz details ties to BP

Ernest MonizErnest Jeffrey MonizThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Surgeon General stresses need to invest much more in public health infrastructure, during and after COVID-19; Fauci hopeful vaccine could be deployed in December The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Mnuchin sees 'strong likelihood' of another relief package; Warner says some businesses 'may not come back' at The Hill's Advancing America's Economy summit The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga says supporting small business single most important thing we should do now; Teva's Brendan O'Grady says U.S. should stockpile strategic reserve in drugs like Strategic Oil Reserve MORE, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist who President Obama nominated to run the Energy Department, worked as a consultant for oil-and-gas giant BP between 2005 and 2012, records show.

The work for BP is among the numerous affiliations that Moniz lists in federal ethics and financial disclosure filings made public Friday.

Elsewhere in the documents, Moniz pledges to divest his stock in the energy consulting firm ICF International and leave its board of directors if confirmed to run DOE.

Moniz also pledges that if confirmed, he will resign board positions with General Electric’s “Ecomagination” branch (he has also done consulting work for them), the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Saudi Arabia, and other roles.


The BP affiliation, which has been previously reported, could fuel skepticism about Moniz among some environmentalists.

Some green groups have already taken aim at Moniz over energy industry funding for the MIT Energy Initiative that he directs, and his bullish views on natural gas drilling.

Moniz, in the filing, states that with respect to BP, GE, and other affiliations, he will not participate “personally and substantially” at DOE in matters involving those parties for one year unless he receives authorization.

He will appear before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on April 9. Moniz is expected to win Senate confirmation.