Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz calls for energy security

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz visited the Los Alamos National Laboratory on Tuesday and stressed that Los Alamos and all DOE labs need to address two key issues set forth by President Barack Obama.

During his first trip to the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the new biological laboratory built by the New Mexico Consortium since 2009, Moniz said it is important that these plants are both secure and address climate change. Moniz talked to plant employees about these issues and received briefings on the lab's intelligence work and nuclear weapons.

"In view of the President's emphasis on nuclear security and climate change, the work at Los Alamos has never been more important," Moniz said.

Moniz was accompanied by Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology President Daniel Lopez.

The Biological Laboratory at Los Alamos was built by New Mexico Consortium in partnership with the County of Los Alamos, Los Alamos National Bank and Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Biological Laboratory looks for ways to develop sustainable global energy and food security.

"Los Alamos National Laboratory has been forward thinking and innovative in pursuing new mechanisms to engage with universities and industry through the NMC," Katharine Chartrand, the NMC's executive director, said. "I am very excited about the future of this partnership. "