Super nerd Steven Chu gets the boot
US Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the Nobel Prize winner who shepherded an effort to help spur a clean energy US economy, will step down after a tenure rocked by the failures of some costly government investments.
Chu’s departure, which was announced Friday and follows similar moves by the Environmental Protection Agency administrator and the interior secretary, will allow President Barack Obama craft a fresh team to address climate change.
Obama has said responding to the threat of climate change will be a priority during his second term, giving the issue a prominent place in his inaugural address last month.
After legislation setting up a program to cap greenhouse gas emissions failed to get through Congress, the administration pushed ahead with regulating carbon through the EPA. Lawmakers are still divided over climate change and analysts expect Obama will continue to use federal agencies to target emissions.
Chu’s successor will likely operate under a much more constrained budget, but could play a key role as the department develops energy efficiency standards, funds research into clean energy innovations and helps oversee the shale oil and gas boom.
Potential contenders for the energy post are said to include Christine Gregoire, former governor of Washington; Bill Ritter, former governor of Colorado; and Dan Reicher, a Google climate change executive who worked in the Energy Department during the Clinton administration.
Analysts have said Obama likely will pick a successor with business expertise or political clout to fend off congressional critics of the department’s spending on clean energy.
have a look at this guy..yeah hes smart..but hes also screwed the US taxpayer out of millions in wasted green projects..and now hes runs away after being sacked..