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Steven Chu - the new Energy Secretary

  1. Dec 10, 2008 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://www.reuters.com/article/vcCandidateFeed2/idUSTRE4B970320081210

    I once had the honor of meeting Dr. Chu.

    What a great choice!
     
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    Wow, we will actually have a nobel laurate running the show. What a great choice.
     
  4. Dec 11, 2008 #3

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    In my opinion this is a great choice. One of my biggest criticisms of the Bush administration was their decision to constantly ignore scientific evidence in the formulation of their policies. Now with Obama, we will have a hardcore scientist in one of the top positions in his cabinet. Furthermore, at LBNL, Chu has really been a strong advocate of research into alternative energy sources, which probably speaks a lot about Obama's priorities in his energy policy. Chu may not have much experience in nuclear energy/weapons policy, one of the crucial areas overseen by the DOE, but, I'm sure he'll surround himself with plenty of advisers to help on those issues.
     
  5. Dec 11, 2008 #4

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    Samuel Bodman (current energy sec.) has a Sc D from MIT. Guess that's not hard core.
     
  6. Dec 11, 2008 #5

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    MIT stands for Missourri Institute of Tapdancing though
     
  7. Dec 11, 2008 #6

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    But he then went into straight into corporate finance for the last 30years.

    The real question is wether anyone in the Whitehouse will listen.
     
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  8. Dec 11, 2008 #7

    Ivan Seeking

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    Beyond that, Bodman is an engineer, not a scientist. His background is hardly comparable to that of Chu.
     
  9. Dec 11, 2008 #8

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    It's hardcore, alright, but it's 60s hardcore.

    Also, let's not forget the previous Bush Energy Sec, Spencer Abraham, whose JD from Harvard Law and Senate career must have been useful qualifications. Naturally, you might expect he served on the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee. Umm ... not exactly, but he did serve in the Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee ]and he co-sponsored a bill in 1999, dealing with energy issues (S.896: Department of Energy Abolishment Act).

    We need a Sec. of Irony.
     
  10. Dec 11, 2008 #9

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    I'm glad to hear about this pick. I'm not convinced about all the cabinet choices so far being good ones, but this one sounds like a good match of skills for the job. When it's a big push for R&D into alternative energies that is needed, it's good to have a scientist on board for setting those policies.
     
  11. Dec 11, 2008 #10

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    Abolishing the DoE isn't necessarily a bad idea. The DoE runs particle physics research, renewable energy research and nuclear weapons - not an obvious partnership.
     
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  12. Dec 11, 2008 #11

    Gokul43201

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    And String Theory! No?
     
  13. Dec 11, 2008 #12

    Ivan Seeking

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    A report from last year

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/forum/science/jan-june07/chu_05-02.html
     
  14. Dec 11, 2008 #13

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    We always have had a Sec. of Irony/Sec. of Energy in that position! (until now, that is)

    James Schlesinger - former Sec. Defense (appointed by Carter!)
    Charles Duncan - former president of Duncan Coffee and Coca Cola
    James Edwards - Dentist/politician
    John Herrington - Attorney/politician
    James Watkins - Former chairman of AIDS commission, Navy Operations Chief, MS Mech. Eng.
    Hazel O'Leary - JD, Rutgers, resigned in disgrace over lavish travel expenses.
    Fredrico Pena - JD, Mayor of Denver, headed DOT
    Bill Richardson - MA School of Law and Diplomacy, former UN Ambassador
     
  15. Dec 13, 2008 #14

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    People also tend to forget that Carter graduated from the Naval Academy (finishing in the top 10 percentile of his graduating class), and served in the Navy till his father's death.
     
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