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As energy chief, Ernest Moniz is man in the middle

Ex-MIT professor tries to balance environment, industry to cut carbon

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz is known around his department for a quick wit, a leader of a vast bureaucracy who draws quotes from Monty Python skits and chuckles self-deprecatingly at the attention paid to his unusual Colonial-style hairdo.

As he toured a government lab in Virginia the other day, he also displayed a deep knowledge of technical science, making small talk with fellow scientists that sounded like code to an outsider.

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