Nobel Prize Winner To Be Energy Secretary

Posted by | December 10, 2008 16:53 | Filed under: Top Stories

Steven Chu, who won the Nobel Prize in 1997 for his work in laser cooling and the trapping of atoms will be nominated to be Energy Secretary by PEBO.  He’s presently Professor of Physics and Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of California at Berkeley, and director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he is focused on climate change.

What does he offer?


Would bring to the job: Impeccable credentials in science management and as an experimental physicist; he shared the 1997 Nobel prize in physics. Dr. Chu, an Asian-American, would also bring diversity to the cabinet.

Notable quote:

In his own words: New houses could be made energy efficient with an investment of an extra $1,000, “but the American consumer would rather have a granite countertop.” (At a lecture in Washington on energy options, June 25, 2008)

Where will they go after him, “they” meaning everyone who doesn’t like anything Obama does:

Carries as baggage: Little experience inside the Beltway or with the main business of the Energy Department, the manufacture and maintenance of nuclear weapons. He has spoken unenthusiastically about the Energy Department’s plan to create a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, near Las Vegas, a program that enjoys Congressional support, but Mr. Obama has also raised doubts about Yucca.

What a nice change of pace to have people who actually believe in science advising the new president.

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