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Secretary Moniz and Deputy Secretary Poneman address questions from Department of Energy employees in a town hall.

"I have a lot of hope and aspirations for what we’re going to accomplish here together.”

So began Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz as he led a town hall discussion with Energy Department employees on his second day in office.

Held at DOE headquarters in Washington, D.C., Secretary Moniz shared his top priorities for the agency. During the discussion, Moniz emphasized his commitment to advancing the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, supporting innovative clean energy technologies and addressing the threat of climate change -- which he described as “an extraordinarily high priority.”

Other key focus areas for the Department include maintaining a strong commitment to nuclear security, environmental stewardship, and promoting American leadership in science. Additionally, raising the bar for DOE management excellence, “is something we must pay attention to,” said Moniz.

After his remarks, Secretary Moniz opened the floor for questions -- sharing insight on everything from America’s natural gas policies to his top international energy priorities. Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman also participated in the question-and-answer session. Watch the full discussion in the video above and see photos from the event in this slideshow.

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