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Obama to nominate Steven Chu as energy secretary: reports
Market Watch ^ | Dec. 10, 2008 | By Sue Chang

Posted on 12/10/2008 3:22:06 PM PST by twistedwrench

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- President-elect Barack Obama will nominate Nobel laureate Steven Chu as energy secretary and Lisa Jackson to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, according to media reports Wednesday. Obama is also expected to name Carol Browner as energy 'czar,' the reports said. Chu, a Chinese-American, won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1997.

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Steven Chu (Chinese: 朱棣文; pinyin: Zhū Dìwén) (b. February 28, 1948, St. Louis, Missouri)[1] is an American experimental physicist and rumored by NBC News to be President-elect Barack Obama's future Secretary of Energy-designate. He is known for his research in laser cooling and trapping of atoms, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997.[1] His current research is concerned primarily with the study of biological systems at the single molecule level. He is currently Professor of Physics and Molecular and Cellular Biology of University of California, Berkeley and the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. As global warming warnings grow more dire, Chu is currently pushing his scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and industry to develop technologies to reverse climate change. Chief in Chu's campaign is an unprecedented research pact reached between UC Berkeley, oil industry giant BP, the Lawrence Berkeley Lab and the University of Illinois.
1 posted on 12/10/2008 3:22:07 PM PST by twistedwrench
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To: twistedwrench

zero better appoint someone to cover up blagogate first!


2 posted on 12/10/2008 3:23:58 PM PST by remaxagnt
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To: twistedwrench

Oh great! A Berkley nut who wants to “revert climate change”.


3 posted on 12/10/2008 3:24:27 PM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - Everything that is Sweetness and Light! WE STAND WITH HER!)
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To: twistedwrench

Great...an over-educated mad scientist who is trying to “reverse global climate change.”


4 posted on 12/10/2008 3:24:53 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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Before her nomination by Governor of New Jersey Jon S. Corzine, Jackson served as the NJDEP’s Assistant Commissioner for Land Use Management during 2005. Jackson headed numerous programs including Land Use Regulation, Water Supply, Geological Survey, Water Monitoring and Standards, and Watershed Management. She focused on developing a system of incentives for stimulating the right growth in the right places. Under her leadership, the NJDEP crafted regulatory standards for implementing the landmark Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act.

As the state’s chief environmental enforcer, Jackson led groundbreaking compliance sweeps in Camden and Paterson, communities in which the effects of pollution on public health had long been neglected. She launched the environmental initiative following multicultural outreach efforts to inform and involve community residents and businesses. Working with county officials, New Jersey State Police and the EPA, the NJDEP then mobilized more than 70 inspectors to conduct upward of 1,000 compliance investigations in the two cities, the first of a series of enforcement sweeps.


5 posted on 12/10/2008 3:25:06 PM PST by twistedwrench
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To: twistedwrench

Reading that bio, it sounds like the Republican Filibuster Machine Better Get Cranking for the new “climate change” agenda.

Otherwise, we may all end up living in government approved tent cities.


6 posted on 12/10/2008 3:25:26 PM PST by johncocktoasten (Obama/Biden '08, in and of itself, A Bridge To Nowhere)
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To: twistedwrench
As global warming warnings grow more dire, Chu is currently pushing his scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and industry to develop technologies to reverse climate change.

This is not a good sign...a man who thinks he can control the climate.

7 posted on 12/10/2008 3:25:26 PM PST by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: twistedwrench

Another no energy fruitcake to defend the tax scam


8 posted on 12/10/2008 3:26:01 PM PST by Tarpon (America's first principles, freedom, liberty, market economy and self-reliance will never fail.)
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To: Bahbah

But hey....he fits the quota for Asian staff.


9 posted on 12/10/2008 3:26:16 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: twistedwrench
As global warming warnings grow more dire, Chu is currently pushing his scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and industry to develop technologies to reverse climate change.

Chu is just like all these other egghead stupid idiots. No Common Sense.

We are in deep trouble.

10 posted on 12/10/2008 3:27:48 PM PST by SteamShovel (Global Warming, the New Patriotism)
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To: Bahbah

Don’t you know that Dick Cheney has a hurricane machine he used to start Hurricane Katrina?


11 posted on 12/10/2008 3:30:35 PM PST by ThreeYearLurker
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To: SolidWood
Oh great! A Berkley nut who wants to “revert climate change”.

As long as he sees technology as the solution to the warming hoax I am okay with it. Better than had Obama picked some kook from the Sierra Club.

12 posted on 12/10/2008 3:32:19 PM PST by avacado
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To: ThreeYearLurker

Silly. That was Rove. Cheney was responsible for killing refugees in the Louisiana swamps. Cynthia McKinney told so.


13 posted on 12/10/2008 3:32:28 PM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - Everything that is Sweetness and Light! WE STAND WITH HER!)
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To: avacado

Technology to revert a hoax, that will swallow billions of taxpayers’ money to develop.


14 posted on 12/10/2008 3:33:30 PM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - Everything that is Sweetness and Light! WE STAND WITH HER!)
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To: twistedwrench

Forget global warming for just a moment

Can someone say Wen Ho Lee?


15 posted on 12/10/2008 3:34:53 PM PST by ari-freedom (Conservatives solve problems. Libertarians ignore problems. Liberals create problems.)
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To: twistedwrench

Ah, Chu.


16 posted on 12/10/2008 3:37:34 PM PST by Roscoe Karns
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To: avacado
Why not? The Democrats have been doing this for years. why not fight back a bit instead of rolling over all the time.

The primary requirements for US Department Heads is PR, ability to manage people, familiarity with government, etc.

An academic is going to be lost in all that. From his autobiography he likes erector sets, linear thinking, and working directly with minutiae. I am not sure he is going to be so happy with a Secretary job.
17 posted on 12/10/2008 3:39:18 PM PST by Arkinsaw
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To: twistedwrench
California, Berkeley

Coolest Shirt Award. I saw a group of USC fans wearing these at a USC-CAL game a few weeks ago.


18 posted on 12/10/2008 3:43:24 PM PST by E=MC2
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To: Arkinsaw

Basically, his staff will actually do all the work.


19 posted on 12/10/2008 3:43:54 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: twistedwrench

This is one of the best choices for DOE that we could ever hope for. This is a fabulously good choice, and I cannot believe the clueless troglodytes on this forum who are trashing a great scientist and superb laboratory director.

It is a crying shame that Clinton is making some far better choices than Bush ever thought of.


20 posted on 12/10/2008 3:44:26 PM PST by AndyJackson
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To: anniegetyourgun; Bahbah

Just think of it this way we get a climate nut who will know how to work Dick Cheney’s hurricane machine.


21 posted on 12/10/2008 3:45:49 PM PST by Dog
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To: SteamShovel
What's really scary is that they do know what they're doing.
Ever nut wants a ride on the cash cow trampling capitalism.
22 posted on 12/10/2008 3:48:05 PM PST by MaxMax (I'll welcome death when God calls me. Until then, the fight is on)
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To: SteamShovel

We are in deep trouble

My thoughts exactly, with these 2 we get
Laser beams and Attitude

And Browner, Heaven help us.


23 posted on 12/10/2008 3:48:22 PM PST by twistedwrench
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To: twistedwrench

Oh, Boo.

We, in Michigan, heard that our Governor was going to Washington today to interview for the position. We would have given anything to get rid of her.


24 posted on 12/10/2008 3:48:57 PM PST by kempster
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To: kempster
We would have given anything to get rid of her.

We understand your pain.

25 posted on 12/10/2008 3:50:59 PM PST by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: twistedwrench

Was he the Director when the hard drives with top secret information were flying out of the Lab, and the Chinese Commies were looting our secrets, or was that somewhere else? (I seem to recall another Cabinet choice involved in that.)


26 posted on 12/10/2008 3:55:08 PM PST by Buchal ("Two wings of the same bird of prey . . .")
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To: twistedwrench

“As global warming warnings grow more dire, Chu is currently pushing his scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and industry to develop technologies to reverse climate change.”

Great, another over-educated psychopath.


27 posted on 12/10/2008 3:58:52 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: AndyJackson

Of course we are the neanderthal troglodytes. Mr Chu who wants to “revert climate change” is a freakin’ genius and the greatest thing since sliced bread. Spare me the crapola.


28 posted on 12/10/2008 3:59:08 PM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - Everything that is Sweetness and Light! WE STAND WITH HER!)
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To: Army Air Corps
Basically, his staff will actually do all the work.

The trouble comes when the Secretary is not savvy enough to oversee and they do what they want. Not necessarily to the benefit of the Secretary, or his boss.

I see "Yes, Minister" with a geek.
29 posted on 12/10/2008 4:02:00 PM PST by Arkinsaw
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To: AndyJackson
This is one of the best choices for DOE that we could ever hope for. This is a fabulously good choice, and I cannot believe the clueless troglodytes on this forum who are trashing a great scientist and superb laboratory director.

I have no issue at all with his academic and scientific credentials. I just have my doubts that those have anything at all to do with running a massive government agency effectively. The skills needed to be a physicist, and the skills needed to be a bureaucratic director are sort of different.
30 posted on 12/10/2008 4:04:12 PM PST by Arkinsaw
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To: AndyJackson

I’m sorry, but I don’t trust a chinese guy with our nuclear secrets. We learned this the hard way during the clinton admin...


31 posted on 12/10/2008 4:04:35 PM PST by ari-freedom (Conservatives solve problems. Libertarians ignore problems. Liberals create problems.)
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To: AndyJackson
"It is a crying shame that Clinton is making some far better choices than Bush ever thought of."

Do you have a source for the claim that Hillary is choosing Obama's cabinet? (or did you mean Bill... or Chelsea??)......

32 posted on 12/10/2008 4:04:43 PM PST by Enchante (Obama, time to throw your good pal Gov. Blago under that bus!!)
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To: headstamp 2

Climate changes. Liberals can’t accpet it.

I for one will do my part to counteract this idiot’s damages to our climate.


33 posted on 12/10/2008 4:05:51 PM PST by tpanther (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing---Edmund Burke)
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To: SolidWood

Given that it is going to be an Obama administration I’ll take a technology guy over a carbon-tax guy any day. And the guy is in the pocket of BP (oil company).


34 posted on 12/10/2008 4:07:35 PM PST by avacado
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To: Arkinsaw

Just curious, but what kind of person would you feel more qualified to run the DOE, assuming of course your first choise wouldn’t be to disband the DOE.


35 posted on 12/10/2008 4:08:49 PM PST by cmdjing
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To: anniegetyourgun
Great...an over-educated mad scientist

For too long we over-educated mad scientists have been under-represented in the halls of power. Sure, you'll support us when there's an alien invasion, you need a doomsday weapon to stop the Russians, or when a deadly asteroid is hurling towards the planet, but whenever we ask for the most reasonable demands like plutonium subsidies or low cost Fannie Mae loans for our secret underground lairs in volcanoes we get nothing but scorn.

who is trying to “reverse global climate change.”

Just induce a meltdown in a small fission reactor and drop it in one of the methane hydrate pools off the coast. The additional methane released into the atmosphere will stave off the coming ice age.

36 posted on 12/10/2008 4:09:33 PM PST by Technogeeb (The only good Russian is a dead Russian. Rest in Peace, Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: cmdjing
Just curious, but what kind of person would you feel more qualified to run the DOE, assuming of course your first choise wouldn’t be to disband the DOE.

Someone who know the US Code well and the legal aspects of the job, someone who has experience managing and supervising large numbers of geographically dispersed employees in a large organization, someone familiar with the legislative process.

Maybe he has all those skills. But if he doesn't he is likely to get rolled by the career bureaucrats.
37 posted on 12/10/2008 4:21:10 PM PST by Arkinsaw
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Lisa Jackson to lead the Environmental Protection Agency

EPA is more important than Energy Dept. imo (in terms of which one could eff up the economy more I mean). Never heard of this lady.


38 posted on 12/10/2008 4:21:12 PM PST by SMCC1
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To: Arkinsaw

I don’t know enough about him yet to have a strong opinion, but I do note that as Director of Lawrence Livermore he has a lot more senior bureaucratic experience than many/most cabinet appointees:


[Wikipedia on Lawrence Livermore Labs}:

Operations and governance

The site consists of 76 buildings (owned by the U.S. Department of Energy) located on 200 acres (0.8 km²) owned by the University of California in the Berkeley Hills. Altogether, it has some 4,000 University of California employees, of whom about 800 are students. Each year, the Lab also hosts more than 3,000 participating guests. There are approximately two dozen DOE employees stationed at the laboratory to provide federal oversight of LBNL’s work for the DOE.

The Laboratory’s 17 scientific divisions are organized within the areas of Computing Sciences, Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, and General Sciences. Many research projects are staffed and supported by multiple divisions, with computational and engineering integrated across the biosciences, general sciences and energy sciences.


39 posted on 12/10/2008 4:28:44 PM PST by Enchante (Obama, time to throw your good pal Gov. Blago under that bus!!)
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To: Arkinsaw

Berkeley Lab is a multidisciplinary national laboratory located in Berkeley, California on a hillside directly above the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. The site consists of 76 buildings located on 183 acres, which overlook both the campus and the San Francisco Bay.

The Lab, which conducts unclassified research, employs about 4,300 people, including nearly 1,000 staff scientists, 1,000 undergraduate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and more than 1,500 technical and support personnel. In addition, each year the Lab hosts more than 2,000 participating guests.


40 posted on 12/10/2008 4:29:25 PM PST by MilspecRob (Most people don't act stupid, they really are.)
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To: remaxagnt
The Obama team is trying to get Blagogate off the top of the news by giving the media something to Chu on.

What is Obama's name in Chinese characters?

I don't know Chinese but I have a Chinese-English dictionary (Langenscheidt's--PRC characters with pinyin equivalents).

O as first tone (high, level) can be an expression of understanding ("oh!"). O as second tone (sharp rising) is an expression of doubt. Ba as first tone can mean "8" or "scar," as second tone "pull out," as fourth tone (starts high, then falls) "dad," "tyrant," "dam," "stop," or "handle." Ma as first tone can mean "mom," or "wipe," as second tone "hemp," as third tone (falling then rising again) "horse" or "yard," and as fourth tone "curse" or "swear."

Which combination is most suitable? "Oh! Tyrant Horse"? ""Oh! Tyrant Curse"?

I like the idea of "ma" as "horse" being the "ma" of his name, because the same character is used in writing the name Marx.

No doubt the Red Chinese and the Chinese on Taiwan and elsewhere have already figured out an accepted rendition of his name.

41 posted on 12/10/2008 4:30:13 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: twistedwrench
Certainly a mere Energy Secretary will be outranked by an Energy Czar (Browner). A Czar is an absolute monarch. Anyway, she should be a Czarina. Then we will have to have a Czarevitch to complete the royal family (there is already going to be a Car Czar), and who better than Blagojevich? He's taking the heat now, so the world will be cooler.
42 posted on 12/10/2008 4:36:58 PM PST by hellbender
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To: twistedwrench

How many layers of bureaucracy does O need?


43 posted on 12/10/2008 5:16:17 PM PST by Clock King (Radical Conservatives, arise!)
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To: ari-freedom

He was born in the U.S., grew up in U.S., attended shcools in U.S. ... or you just automatically disqualify anyone with a Chinese last name?


44 posted on 12/10/2008 5:42:52 PM PST by Republican Party Reptile
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To: Republican Party Reptile

Wen Ho Lee was from Taiwan. You don’t take chances with nuclear secrets and every Obama pick is suspect.


45 posted on 12/10/2008 5:46:59 PM PST by ari-freedom (Conservatives solve problems. Libertarians ignore problems. Liberals create problems.)
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To: twistedwrench

Can you check to see if he believes in the ethanol scam. As I recall, he may not, which will be interesting given that close advisors to the One such as Daschle are owned by big ethanol.


46 posted on 12/10/2008 6:02:16 PM PST by AmericanVictory
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To: Arkinsaw
I see "Yes, Minister" with a geek.

Spot on.
47 posted on 12/10/2008 6:03:19 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: AmericanVictory

From the WSJ

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/12/10/chu-may-join-rare-ranks-of-nobel-winning-cabinet-secretaries/

“Of course, along with Chu’s distinguished curriculum vitae comes a record of strong scientific arguments, including a position that may not gibe with President-elect Obama’s advocacy of corn-based ethanol. In making the case for grass and waste-based biofuels at a meeting of state agriculture departments in North Dakota this fall, Chu knocked corn ethanol for its up-front energy costs and competition with food supply.”

So no, he is against Corn based ethanol i.e. Burning food for a net loss financed by taxpayer subsidies, but is in favor of other alternative biofuels.


48 posted on 12/10/2008 8:14:27 PM PST by cmdjing
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To: ari-freedom

I was talking about Chu, you are talking about Lee. Last I checked, it’s Chu that’s being nominated for Energy Sec, so what does Lee has to do with it?

Again, Chu is born and raised in the U.S., do you automatically disqualify Chu base on his ethnic Chinese last name?


49 posted on 12/10/2008 8:48:43 PM PST by Republican Party Reptile
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To: Republican Party Reptile

“do you automatically disqualify Chu base on his ethnic Chinese last name?”

yes. Is that unfair? Yes. But the threat of nuclear espionage is much more important than fairness.
FDR’s response was much more extreme.


50 posted on 12/10/2008 9:16:57 PM PST by ari-freedom (Conservatives solve problems. Libertarians ignore problems. Liberals create problems.)
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