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.