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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:24 PM

Energy Secretary Chu to step down

Source: AP


BY BY MATTHEW DALY


WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Steven Chu is stepping down.

The Energy Department said Friday Chu has offered his resignation to President Barack Obama. Chu won a Nobel Prize in physics but came under questioning for his handling of a solar energy loan.

Chu is a former director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He drew fire from Republicans who criticized his handling of a $528 million federal loan to solar panel maker Solyndra, which later went bankrupt, laying off its 1,100 workers.

The White House said Chu retained Obama’s confidence, but Chu was widely expected to leave following Obama’s re-election last fall.

Read more: http://www.salon.com/2013/02/01/energy_secretary_chu_to_step_down/

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northoftheborder Feb 2013 #1
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:58 PM

1. Please appoint Al Gore to this post.

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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 02:04 PM

2. Fuck republicans.

They're leaches on America.

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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 02:58 PM

3. Chu Praises Gregoire, Possible Choice for Obama Energy Team.

When U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu resigned on Friday, he singled out for praise a former governor who has worked to clean up nuclear waste, a move that raised Christine Gregoires' profile as a possibility for the Obama administration's energy and climate team.

Chu lauded Gregoire, a Democrat who served as governor of Washington state from 2005 until mid-January and is long-time backer of President Barack Obama.

"I am especially appreciative of Governor Gregoire for her trust and support over the past six months," Chu said in a lengthy resignation letter on Friday.

Chu worked with Gregoire on the clean-up of the Hanford site in Washington, one of the U.S. nuclear weapons development facilities.

Working on the nuclear waste issue with Gregoire and others has taken about five to 10 hours per week of his time over the last six months, Chu said in the letter.

Gregoire, 65, has worked on nuclear waste issues for decades.

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/02/01/us/politics/01reuters-usa-chu-gregoire.html?hp

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Good. Wouldn't it be nice if she were to actively discourage PrezO from encouraging more nukes???

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:25 PM

4. chu was just too cleantech ignorant for me

 

chu was too pro-nuke, and anti-Hydrogen Economy. Good riddance! Don't be surprised if chu becomes a well-paid nuke lobbyist after he leaves DOE. Notice that many nuke plant licenses were renewed last year under chu's watch... Hopefully, the next DOE Secretary won't be as owned by the fossil fuel and nuclear power industries as chu was. I am of the opinion that Ex-Washington State Governor Gregoire is well-qualified to replace Lisa Jackson as Head of the EPA but not to replace chu as head of the DOE. Gregoire worked in Washington State's Dept. of Ecology before becoming the Governor of the same. She has no PhD. as far as I know....though that degree and university experience didn't seem to make chu any "smarter." Remember, the DOE is in charge of the U.S.'s nuclear arsenal...

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