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  • GOP's Solyndra probe threatens to ensnare Energy Secretary Chu

    09/29/2011 4:17:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/29/11 | Andrew Restuccia
    GOP's Solyndra probe threatens to ensnare Energy Secretary ChuBy Andrew Restuccia - 09/29/11 05:00 AM ET The controversy over a $535 million loan guarantee to the now-bankrupt California solar firm Solyndra is threatening to dim the star of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a physicist and Nobel Prize winner who has rarely been thrust into the political spotlight. Republican lawmakers have set their sites on Chu, who for three years has managed to avoid being dragged into a litany of political battles waged by Republicans and the White House on energy and environmental issues. The GOP has for weeks lobbed a...
  • Video: Energy Sec. Chu claims government played ‘intimate role’ in all U.S. tech development

    08/31/2011 10:08:07 AM PDT · by NevadaPolicyResearchInstitute · 11 replies
    Write on Nevada ^ | August 30, 2011 | Victor Joecks
    No joke. Here's what Secretary Steven Chu, a top official in the Obama administration who's in charge of the U.S. Department of Energy, claimed today at Sen. Harry Reid's National Clean Energy Summit: So the government played an incredibly intimate role in all the technologies that led to prosperity in the United States, and we must not lose sight of that fact. And if you don't believe he said that — and given how ludicrous that statement is, I wouldn't blame you — here's video of his comment (30:50 mark). Browse through these lists of 10 popular inventions and the top...
  • Gov. Brown calls for action on clean energy

    08/30/2011 6:41:11 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 26 replies
    mercurynews.com ^ | 30 Aug 2011 | Dana Hull
    LAS VEGAS -- In his first out-of-state trip since taking office in January, California Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he plans to forge ahead with aggressive renewable energy policies amid growing evidence of climate change. "Climate change has become more obvious, and we see great opportunity in investing in wind, solar and energy efficiency, or 'negawatts,'" Brown told a gathering here of 700 clean energy advocates. "This is like the computer industry when it first started. It starts small and it keeps growing. We're not going to ever not need energy." Brown was one of several high-profile speakers at...
  • Investor Interest in U.S. Biofuel Production Set to Soar

    08/25/2011 4:15:15 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 6 replies
    OilPrice.com ^ | 25/08/2011 | John Daly
    On 16 August President Obama announced that the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Navy will invest up to $510 million by 2014 in partnership with the private sector to produce advanced “drop-in” aviation and maritime biofuels for military and commercial use. This builds on a directive Obama issued five months ago as part of his “Blueprint for A Secure Energy Future,” his administration’s policy for reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil imports, which now cost more than $300 billion. The plan envisages the three federal departments to invest a total of up to $510 million, which will require substantial...
  • Biden to give keynote speech at energy summit

    08/07/2011 10:36:03 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 23 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 8/04/11 | Andrew Restuccia
    Vice President Biden is slated to deliver the keynote address at a Las Vegas energy summit hosted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) later this month. The fourth annual National Clean Energy Summit will also feature remarks from Center for American Progress President John Podesta, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), among others. “The Obama administration has proven time and again it understands the importance of building a competitive 21st-century economy through clean energy investments and policies that are focused on putting people back to work, reducing costs for consumers and...
  • Waxman calls for national climate-change-education push

    07/20/2011 10:19:12 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies
    Waxman calls for national climate-change-education push By Andrew Restuccia - 07/20/11 10:16 AM ET The top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday urged Energy Secretary Steven Chu to launch a national climate-change-education campaign. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), in a letter to Chu, said the public’s understanding of climate change is “diminishing” in part because there are “powerful vested interests in the oil and coal industries successfully fanning disbelief.” “I ask you to investigate the disconnect that appears to be growing between the scientific and the public understanding of climate change,” Waxman said. “I hope you will...
  • Light motif

    07/11/2011 9:32:22 AM PDT · by radioone · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 7-9-11 | Mark Steyn
    I think we ought to be harder when minor functionaries of a failed leviathan reveal themselves to have a defective understanding of the role of government in free societies. Steven Chu, the Energy Secretary who came into office saying “we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe“, has now offered up another soundbite for our times. On Friday, he defended the ban on Edison’s iconic incandescent in economic terms: "We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money".So what? I waste my own money on...
  • First Solar nabs $4.5 billion in DOE loan guarantees

    07/01/2011 9:05:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 7/1/11 | Dana Hull
    The Department of Energy announced Thursday that it has awarded First Solar, America's dominant solar manufacturer, nearly $4.5 billion in conditional loan guarantees to support the construction of three solar power plants in Southern California. With the latest awards, First Solar, headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., has nabbed a third of the $16 billion in loan guarantees the DOE has granted for solar generation to date. In January, First Solar was awarded a nearly $1 billion loan for its 290-megawatt Agua Caliente project in Arizona. First Solar expects the three projects, which should begin delivering electricity in 2014, to create 1,400...
  • Chu Pimps Your Budget at the Pump

    06/01/2011 9:20:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 1, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    Memorial Day normally kicks off the summer vacation and heavy driving season, but with gas prices at the pump more than twice as expensive as they were two years ago, American families are being forced to stay close to home and pull back on normal family expenses.   The cost to fill up the tank is consuming 40% more of the family budget than it did last summer.  According to AAA, 17 cents of every consumer dollar is spent at the pump, up from 12 cents one year ago.  That has consequences, of course.  "Dining, shopping, museums, and gambling are taking...
  • New Issa report goes after Obama administration’s energy agenda

    05/24/2011 2:44:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 24, 2011 | Amanda Carey
    Rep. Darrell Issa of California, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has found another target in the Obama administration’s policy agenda: energy. Late Monday, Issa released a scathing report accusing the White House of being complicit in driving up oil prices to push a move to alternative energy sources. Among other things, the report — “Rising Energy Costs: An Intentional Result of Government Action” — accused the administration of restricting access to domestic energy sources, hindering “fracking” technology and hampering the economic recovery by proposing new taxes on the energy industry.The report also says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) coordinated...
  • Flashback: Obama Energy Secretary Chu Says We Must Get Gas Prices “to the Levels in Europe”

    05/09/2011 9:10:49 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    The Right Sphere ^ | April 29, 2011 | Brandon Kiser
    read what President Obama’s Secretary of Energy Steven Chu had to say about gas prices back in December: In a sign of one major internal difference, Mr. Chu has called for gradually ramping up gasoline taxes over 15 years to coax consumers into buying more-efficient cars and living in neighborhoods closer to work. “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” Mr. Chu ... the best route for raising gas prices for Chu is to increase taxes and then demonize the oil companies for *gasp* making a profit. And if...
  • Energy Dept. seeks fracking guidelines

    05/08/2011 7:03:22 AM PDT · by Entrepreneur · 28 replies · 1+ views
    UPI ^ | May 6, 2011
    WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- A panel of experts was named to develop a set of best practices for the use of so-called fracking in natural gas drilling, the U.S. Department of Energy said. The panel of academics and analysts will make recommendations on how to best extract gas using the rock-cracking process while at the same time minimizing the risk of contamination of underground water supplies. "We need to ensure we harness these resources safely," Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said in a statement Thursday. "I am looking forward to hearing from this diverse, respected group of experts on...
  • Obama's War on Oil

    05/05/2011 11:02:39 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 20 replies
    american spectator ^ | 5-4-11 | Peter Ferrara
    Why would President Obama want high gas prices? It's a matter of ideology for him. He thinks it's good for the environment for gas prices to be high. The higher gas prices are, the less you will drive. Also, higher gas prices make his beloved "alternative fuels" more competitive. That is because these alternative fuels are inherently more expensive, and so can't compete with cheaper gas. Note this is not a prescription for easing the financial burden on working people. High gas prices make it more likely you will buy expensive "alternative fuels." But either way, your wallet will still...
  • Professors Gone Wild

    05/02/2011 4:25:24 AM PDT · by radioone · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5-2-1 | Stuart Schwartz
    Professors gone wild. That is the only conclusion you can come to when you apply Sherlock Holmes' astute dictum to the striking similarities between the widespread failures of American education and government, institutions universally dominated by a self-proclaimed "educated class." Think about what the great fictional detective said: "Once you eliminate the impossible whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth." And so extracting the truth underlying the dysfunction of what the inimitable James Lewis more correctly terms our national corps of "educated idiots" (or, as our Harvard-educated president puts it more accurately, "corpse") one finds...professors. Professors have...
  • Endangered listing of lizard may shut down Texas oil

    04/27/2011 7:05:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/27/2011 | Greg Halvorson
    You can't make this up.  First, a Spotted Owl destroyed the timber industry of the Pacific Northwest, then a minnow turned the most productive agricultural land in the world into a dustbowl, and now, as energy prices spike and the economy sputters, they're going after Texas with a scurrilous reptile.    Specifically, the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard.  That's the latest more-important-than-people critter being used to lock-up resources in the name of planet Earth.  The drilling moratorium didn't cause enough pain, so onto the Endangered Species Act - known at the Sierra Club as "Ol' Reliable" - to make certain Texas has...
  • Energy Secretary Denies Administration is Intentionally Seeking Higher Prices to Push...

    03/31/2011 4:12:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 31, 2011 | Fred Lucas
    Energy Secretary Denies Administration is Intentionally Seeking Higher Prices to Push Green Agenda Washington (CNSNews.com) – On the day President Barack Obama announced his energy agenda, Energy Secretary Steven Chu rejected Republican claims that the administration sought to push up energy prices in order to promote a green agenda. “The price of gas and oil today is so high today and such a hardship to the American people and businesses and the recovery is fragile,” Chu said in response to a question about the claims during a White House briefing Wednesday. “So I don’t think anyone seriously considers – anyone...
  • U.S. businesses not buying President Obama’s rhetoric on energy ‘race’ with China

    03/15/2011 10:41:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/15/11 | Dipka Bhambhani
    The U.S. has “raced” to control space exploration, nuclear arms and electronics. Since taking office, President Obama has introduced the idea that the U.S. is now battling China — the world’s largest polluter — in new race for world domination. A clean energy race. “The nation that leads in the creation of a clean-energy economy will be the nation that leads the 21st-century global economy,” the president has said. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has repeated the message several times, creating a frenzy to “go green,” before China does. If America really is in such a race, the Energy and Commerce...
  • Peru inventor 'whitewashes' peaks to slow glacier melt

    06/28/2010 2:02:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/28/10 | Bayly Turner
    LICAPA, Peru (AFP) – In a remote corner of the Peruvian Andes, men in paint-daubed boilersuits diligently coat a mountain summit with whitewash in an experimental bid to recuperate the country's melting glaciers. It's a bizarre sight at 4,756 metres (15,600 feet) above sea level. The man behind the idea is not a glaciologist but an inventor, Eduardo Gold. His non-governmental organisation Glaciares de Peru was one of 26 winners of the World Bank's "100 Ideas to Save the Planet" competition in November 2009. Gold has already begun work while he waits for the 200,000-dollar prize money to fund his...
  • Energy Department Aims To Slash Solar Costs 75%

    02/04/2011 12:28:26 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 29 replies
    IBD's Click ^ | 2/4/2011 | Donna Howell
    Aiming to make the solar industry self-supporting without subsidies in a decade and more globally competitive, Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Friday launched an initiative to try to cut photovoltaic solar energy costs 75% by 2020. And he brought out SunPower(SPWRA) co-founder Dick Swanson to talk about efficiency gains made to date. “In the 1960s President Kennedy launched the moonshot goal, to put a man on the moon within a decade. Today we’re launching what we call a SunShot race,” Chu said on a midday conference call with reporters.
  • Commentary: Where Does Obama Get the Authority to ‘Inform’ a Private Co. to Surrender Its Money?

    06/15/2010 8:59:29 PM PDT · by Qbert · 95 replies · 1,768+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 6/15/2010 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - In his first-ever address from the Oval Office on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama said he was going to “inform” the chairman of BP that he must surrender the company’s money to an independent party that will distribute it to people and businesses determined to have been harmed by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The president’s declaration raises a serious constitutional question about his authority: Where does the president get the lawful power to order any private-sector company—BP or any other—that it must surrender its money? Should not courts and normal legal proceedings determine who is responsible, who has...
  • The Last Straw

    06/14/2010 5:08:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies · 1,525+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 14, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Leadership: FDR said we had nothing to fear but fear itself. JFK asked what we could do for our country. Now we can add Obama's whine about the disaster in the Gulf: "I can't suck it up with a straw." 'Even though I'm president of the United States, my power is not limitless," the president told Grand Isle, La., locals in a video released Friday. "So I can't dive down there and plug the hole. I can't suck it up with a straw. All I can do is make sure that I put honest, hardworking, smart people in place ....
  • We are with you: A guest column by President Obama

    06/11/2010 10:18:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies · 1,764+ views
    The New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | June 11, 2010 | Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.
    In the days since the BP oil spill began, the failure to stop the leak has caused incredible anger and frustration -- especially for the people of the Gulf Coast struggling to survive one of the worst environmental disasters in our nation's history. This leak is an unprecedented catastrophe and a technical challenge unlike any we've ever seen. We are pressing for every possible remedy to keep oil from flowing into the Gulf, and to capture as much as we can while relief wells are drilled that will permanently stop the leak. We are relying on a team of scientists...
  • Cap on Well...(Chu Nobel prize not for oil drilling expertise)

    06/05/2010 11:50:29 AM PDT · by tentmaker · 20 replies · 1,261+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 05, June, 2010 | CLIFFORD KRAUSS and HENRY FOUNTAIN
    The technician said that shortly after the cap was successfully placed, Dr. Chu wondered aloud why oil was still spewing from around the bottom. Engineers had to tell him that the leaks were expected, at least initially.
  • Barack Obama sends nuclear experts to tackle BP's Gulf of Mexico oil leak

    05/15/2010 7:13:20 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 81 replies · 1,953+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | MAY 14, 2010 | James Quinn
    The US has sent a team of nuclear physicists to help BP plug the "catastrophic" flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico from its leaking Deepwater Horizon well, as the Obama administration becomes frustrated with the oil giant's inability to control the situation. The five-man team – which includes a man who helped develop the first hydrogen bomb in the 1950s – is the brainchild of Steven Chu, President Obama's Energy Secretary. He has charged the men with finding solutions to stop the flow of oil. President Obama yesterday promised a "relentless" effort to resolve the problem as he...
  • Statement by President Barack Obama on the Release of Nuclear Posture Review

    04/07/2010 12:28:32 AM PDT · by Cindy · 18 replies · 554+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | April 6, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statement-president-barack-obama-release-nuclear-posture-review Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 06, 2010 Statement by President Barack Obama on the Release of Nuclear Posture Review One year ago yesterday in Prague, I outlined a comprehensive agenda to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and to pursue the peace and security of a world without them. I look forward to advancing this agenda in Prague this week when I sign the new START Treaty with President Medvedev, committing the United States and Russia to...
  • Newsweek Helps Energy Secretary Chu Push Cap-and-Trade

    04/01/2010 8:50:28 AM PDT · by 198ml · 4 replies · 274+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 4/1/10 | Anthony Kang
    At Newsweek, the global warming crusade remains an important mission. The magazine's latest push came in an interview by CNN contributor Fareed Zakharia of Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Zakaria threw softballs to Chu throughout the article, as Newsweek showed it was simply a matter of when - not if - the administration should continue to pursue a drastic environmental agenda. It was revealing which questions were - and were not - asked of the president's Energy Secretary. Zakaria made zero reference to ClimateGate, the economic consequences of cap-and-trade and alternative energy, and no mention of the actual validity of climate...
  • Obama Administration: Hydrocarbon Deniers

    03/15/2010 7:16:28 AM PDT · by 84rules · 7 replies · 200+ views
    84rules News & Commentary Blog ^ | March 15, 2010 | 84rules
    There's a new term for you: Hydrocarbon-Deniers. Those are people who think that we can magically walk away from fossil fuels and everything will be a-okay and all Americans will have good jobs as a result. More: Obama Administration: Hydrocarbon Deniers 84rules March 15, 2010
  • Should Obama Send His Science Team on a National Campaign to Explain Climate Science? (Green Barf)

    03/12/2010 9:26:51 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies · 680+ views
    treehugger.com ^ | March 12, 2010 | Brian Merchant
    It's been a couple months of seriously bad PR for climate science, both due to unfortunate errors made by scientists and (okay, mostly) a well-funded noise machine intent on preserving the status quo at any cost. So how can climate scientists dig themselves out of the negative publicity trench and help reeducate the public on the dangers of climate change? The answer's not debating skeptics on TV, that's for sure. So would a full-on national media blitz by Obama's Nobel Prize winning science team--Stephen Chu and John Holdren--help do the trick? That's what Climate Progress's Joe Romm suggests, after taking...
  • Chortling At Chu

    03/12/2010 5:07:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 957+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 12, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Future Fuels: Our secretary of energy pushes bio-refineries and windmills to oil executives at an energy conference as the administration announces a three-year offshore drilling ban. This is a policy for economic suicide. They don't qualify as an official group of victims, but carbon-Americans, as they have been called, did not have much to cheer about last week, when Energy Secretary Steven Chu addressed CERAWeek 2010, a premier industry conference hosted by IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. With an economy struggling to regain sound footing, Chu advocated a starvation diet devoid of additional fossil fuels that are to remain under...
  • Live from Stanford: Secretary Chu on the Global Clean Energy Challenge

    03/08/2010 11:27:43 PM PST · by Cindy · 13 replies · 252+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | March 08, 2010 at 01:45 PM EST | Posted by Secretary Steven Chu
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/03/08/live-stanford-s-sustainability-summit Home • The White House Blog The White House Blog Live from Stanford: Secretary Chu on the Global Clean Energy Challenge Posted by Secretary Steven Chu on March 08, 2010 at 01:45 PM EST What are the steps we must take as a nation to create new, clean energy jobs and ensure America’s long-term competitiveness? What are the consequences for our climate of inaction? How can science and technology offer us new and better choices – and how can America’s young people make a difference? Today, I’m returning to Stanford University, where...
  • Stimulating Green Jobs For China

    02/11/2010 5:32:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 737+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 11, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy: When even Chuck Schumer is upset with the White House, you know something's amiss. In this case, it's news that efforts to boost wind power with taxpayer stimulus dollars are filling foreign coffers and creating foreign jobs. According to the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, nearly $2 billion in money from the American Recovery and Investment Act has been spent on wind power. The goal was to further energy independence while creating American jobs. It has done neither. Of the money spent, according to the report, nearly 80% has gone to foreign manufacturers of wind turbines. "In all...
  • Energy Secretary Chu's War On Business

    10/12/2009 6:16:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 1,837+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 12, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Public Discourse: Our energy secretary applauds and encourages companies to leave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its position on climate change. Should any Cabinet secretary, with the powers of government behind him, be threatening U.S. companies? Part of the climate-change mantra is that the debate is over and the science is settled. Just to make sure, environmental groups have sought to pressure businesses to go green or at least keep silent. Now it would appear the whole weight of the federal government is being thrown behind this campaign to coerce and silence real and potential opposition. On Thursday, Steven...
  • Energy Secretary Chu and the Toll of Silly Physics

    09/29/2009 11:22:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 1,149+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 30, 2009 | Claude Sandroff
    Many of us had just the grandest time conducting worthless research for the old monopolistic phone companies.  Dr. Steven Chu, our Secretary of Energy was one of the typical products of that era of unfocused industrial research.  He nurtured his career in what had become the most arrogant and unfocused lab of them all, Bell Laboratories.   If you landed one of those storied jobs as a newly minted Member of Technical Staff, you could expect to conduct research indistinguishable from that of any academic scientist supported by government agencies like the National Science Foundation. That a once glorious Bell Labs...
  • Chu on this, you crazy kids

    09/23/2009 4:29:26 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 3 replies · 461+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 23 sept 09 | David Harsanyi
    If Jesus raised the dead tomorrow, our Science Czar would probably be too busy calculating the carbon footprint to find salvation. But who needs Christ when the flock is blessed with sound moral guidance from men and women whose lifework has been cajoling 50 percent- plus-one to push a button? From our extravagant health care choices to our risky financial behavior, to our ill-conceived love of profit to, most tragically, our immoral penchant for air conditioning our homes, we need help. I need help. This week, prepping for the upcoming Copenhagen climate change talks, Dr. Steven Chu, our erstwhile Energy...
  • Scolding Gets Old

    09/22/2009 5:46:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 726+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 22, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Climate Change: To Energy Secretary Steven Chu, we are children who need parental help in grasping the threat of global warming. Beware of federal officials with superiority complexes.Speaking Monday at a Washington conference in which he sketched out plans to develop a smart grid to carry electricity, Chu nagged the public over its lack of urgency in cutting carbon dioxide emissions. "The American public . . . just like your teenage kids, aren't acting in a way that they should act," he said. "The American public has to really understand in their core how important this issue is." Chu's handlers...
  • Steven Chu: Americans Are Like ‘Teenage Kids’ When It Comes to Energy

    09/22/2009 7:52:57 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 21 replies · 633+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/22/2009 | Ian Talley
    When it comes to greenhouse-gas emissions, Energy Secretary Steven Chu sees Americans as unruly teenagers and the Administration as the parent that will have to teach them a few lessons. Speaking on the sidelines of a smart grid conference in Washington, Dr. Chu said he didn’t think average folks had the know-how or will to to change their behavior enough to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
  • Obama Cabinet official: Americans are children …

    09/22/2009 7:25:52 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 35 replies · 1,354+ views
    Hot Air ^ | SEPTEMBER 22, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    The last we heard from Steven Chu, Barack Obama’s Secretary of Energy, someone had to explain to him that oil policy fell within his “domain.” Now that Chu has apparently mastered what exactly energy means, he now wants to act as a parent to recalcitrant Americans who stubbornly insist on making their own choices in life. The Wall Street Journal reports on Chu’s attitude towards the role of government, and especially his condescending attitude towards the governed: When it comes to greenhouse-gas emissions, Energy Secretary Steven Chu sees Americans as unruly teenagers and the Administration as the parent that will...
  • US Renewable Energy Grant Rules Exclude Private Equity (Chu's Socialist Folly)

    07/21/2009 10:24:29 AM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies · 468+ views
    NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--A grant program introduced in the federal stimulus package passed earlier this year was intended to jump-start investment in renewable energy, but the rules of the program threaten to hobble it from the start by restricting private equity involvement in any projects the government backs. The rules, published July 9, exclude from the program any projects with investors that have tax-exempt status. That was done because the grant program is intended to replace tax credits, which have become less widely used as taxable incomes have fallen.... However, most private equity firms receive backing from tax-exempt limited partners...
  • Obama officials urge Senate action on climate (Now or never - fix your temperatures - forever!)

    07/10/2009 12:20:53 AM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies · 878+ views
    Casper Star Tribune ^ | 7/08/09 | DINA CAPPIELLO
    Obama officials urge Senate action on climateBy DINA CAPPIELLO Associated Press writer Wednesday, July 8, 2009 2:06 AM MDT WASHINGTON -- Saying global warming poses unprecedented threats to Americans' way of life, four of President Barack Obama's top environmental and energy officials urged the Senate on Tuesday to pass legislation to reduce the pollution linked to the planet's rising temperature. The heads of the Energy Department, Agriculture Department, Interior Department and Environmental Protection Agency told a Senate panel it should pass a bill similar to one the House narrowly cleared late last month. That legislation would impose the first limits...
  • Obama's Carbon Busters - A team of Al Gore's protégés takes over energy policy

    12/12/2008 6:37:12 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies · 641+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 12, 2009
    After the selection of a largely centrist economic team, liberals have been asking when President-elect Obama would give them a seat at the table. Well, now we know, and Americans should strap themselves in. Mr. Obama is stocking his energy shop with the greenest of greens who want to move fast on a very aggressive climate agenda. Here come the carbon busters. It's striking that the moderate in this bunch may be Steven Chu, who has reportedly been tapped as Energy Secretary. Though a political unknown, Mr. Chu is the respected director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where the...
  • Obama officials urge Senate to act on climate

    07/07/2009 9:38:01 AM PDT · by ClassicLiberal · 17 replies · 1,003+ views
    Breitbart ^ | July 7, 2009 | DINA CAPPIELLO
    Saying global warming poses unprecedented threats to Americans' way of life, four of President Barack Obama's top environmental and energy officials urged the Senate on Tuesday to pass legislation to reduce the pollution linked to the planet's rising temperature. The heads of the Energy Department, Agriculture Department, Interior Department and Environmental Protection Agency told a Senate panel it should pass a bill similar to one the House narrowly cleared late last month. That legislation would impose the first limits on greenhouse gases, eventually leading to an 80 percent reduction by mid-century by putting a price on each ton of climate-altering...
  • White House announces new lighting standards

    06/29/2009 4:49:42 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 103 replies · 4,759+ views
    State-Run Associated Press ^ | 6/29/09 | LIZ SIDOTI
    WASHINGTON -- Aiming to keep the focus on climate change legislation, President Barack Obama put a plug in for administration efforts to make lamps and lighting equipment use less energy. "I know light bulbs may not seem sexy, but this simple action holds enormous promise because 7 percent of all the energy consumed in America is used to light our homes and businesses," the president said, standing alongside Energy Secretary Steven Chu at the White House.
  • Energy Secretary Chu warns of climate change

    06/27/2009 9:02:16 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 28 replies · 906+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 6/26/09 | Suzanne Bohan
    U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu warned an audience of 800 at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park that "business as usual" would lead to a dramatically changed world in the coming decades...he described a world with more severe storms and droughts, far more hot summer days exceeding 90 degrees, rising sea levels and species extinctions if carbon emissions aren't markedly scaled back. Chu focused on a chart from a report released this month from the NOAA [that] tracked atmospheric carbon dioxide levels over an 800,000-year period, measured from an Antarctic ice core. In it, a red line ranged between...
  • Blue in the 'burbs

    06/06/2009 3:58:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies · 1,480+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2009 | Rich Tucker
    You may not have noticed, but Hollywood has: you’re miserable. No, really. According to Census Bureau numbers, roughly 75 percent of Americans live in suburbs. And, according to one of last year’s Golden Globe nominees for best picture, that’s eating away at us. “Our whole existence here [in the ’burbs] is based on this great premise that we’re special. That we’re superior to the whole thing,” declares the female lead in the movie Revolutionary Road. “But we’re not. We’re just like everyone else. We bought into the same, ridiculous delusion.” That “delusion,” as depicted in the film, is that a...
  • 'Embarrassing' mistake puts US nuke list online

    06/03/2009 8:31:08 PM PDT · by Newtoidaho · 63 replies · 3,494+ views
    Associated (with terrorists) Press ^ | 6-3-09 | H. JOSEF HEBERT
    WASHINGTON - The government's inadvertent and red-faced Internet posting of a 266-page list of U.S. nuclear sites provided a one-step guide for anyone wanting details about such sensitive information. Obama administration officials said Wednesday the document contained no classified material about nuclear weapons. They contended the locations and other details already were available from public sources. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said "a snafu" led to the online posting. "A little embarrassing," he acknowledged. The document, stamped "highly confidential safeguards sensitive," made it onto the Government Printing Office's Web site - and why that happened was not immediately clear. A newsletter...
  • Obama Team Pushes for White Rooftops to Fight Global Warming

    05/28/2009 11:14:39 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies · 1,108+ views
    CBS News ^ | May 28, 2009
    "If you look at all the buildings and make all the roofs white, and if you make the pavement a more concrete type of color rather than a black type of color, and you do this uniformly, it's the equivalent of reducing the carbon emissions due to all the cars in the world by 11 years."
  • Chu's Whitewash

    05/27/2009 7:41:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies · 1,125+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 27, 2009
    Energy Savings: Steven Chu sees a dark roof and wants it painted white. Are we to understand that the U.S. secretary of energy believes that a function of his office is to bat about impractical ideas?Chu, a Nobel-winning physicist running the Obama Energy Department, suggested this week that — in terms of the greenhouse effect — painting roofs and bleaching road surfaces worldwide would have the same impact as taking every car off the road for more than a decade. "If you look at all the buildings, and if you make the roofs white, and if you make the pavement...
  • Obama plan: Paint roofs white to save world

    05/27/2009 7:45:38 PM PDT · by FromLori · 56 replies · 2,608+ views
    wnd ^ | 5/27/09
    Steven Chu, who directed the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and was professor of physics and molecular and cell biology at the University of California before being appointed by President Obama to be the U.S. Energy Secretary, says white paint is what's needed to fix global warming. Chu, who according to the federal agency's website, successfully applied the techniques he developed in atomic physics to molecular biology and recently led the lab in pursuit of new alternative and renewable energies, has told the London Times that by making paved surfaces and roofs lighter in color, the world would...
  • Obama Energy Secretary: Paint World White to Fight Global Warming

    05/27/2009 9:19:08 AM PDT · by greatplains · 42 replies · 1,198+ views
    The Times (uk) ^ | May 27, 2009 | Mark Henderson, Science Editor
    As a weapon against global warming, it sounds so simple and low-tech that it could not possibly work. But the idea of using millions of buckets of whitewash to avert climate catastrophe has won the backing of one of the world’s most influential scientists. Steven Chu, the Nobel prize-winning physicist appointed by President Obama as Energy Secretary, wants to paint the world white. A global initiative to change the colour of roofs, roads and pavements so that they reflect more sunlight and heat could play a big part in containing global warming, he said yesterday. Speaking at the opening of...
  • Obama's green guru calls for white roofs (This is not satire alert)

    05/27/2009 9:30:16 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 69 replies · 1,894+ views
    President Obama's energy adviser has suggested all the world's roofs should be painted white as part of efforts to slow global warming. Professor Steven Chu, the US Energy Secretary, said the unusual proposal would mean homes in hot countries would save energy and money on air conditioning by deflecting the sun's rays. More pale surfaces could also slow global warming by reflecting heat into space rather than allowing it to be absorbed by dark surfaces where it is trapped by greenhouse gases and increases temperatures. In a wide-ranging discussion at the three-day Nobel laureate Symposium in London, the Professor...