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Ah, Chu

Yup, nothing like the best qualified for the job:

Energy Secretary Steven Chu may be a Nobel laureate Ph.D. in physics, but his first forays into energy policy suggest he’s a neophyte when it comes to the ways of Washington.

At a forum with reporters on Thursday, the head of the department that has traditionally taken the lead on global oil-market policy, was asked what message the Obama administration had for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries at its meeting next month.

“I’m not the administration,” the Cabinet secretary replied. “I will be speaking and learning more about this in order to figure out what the U.S. position should be and what the president’s position is.”

Chu, who is still without a deputy, said he feels “like I’ve been dumped into the deep end of the pool” on oil policy.

He may be a Nobel laureate, but it is obvious that he isn’t at all prepared for the job of Energy Secretary. How, given his obvious lack of knowledge about oil, can he put a comprehensive energy plan together for the US? Well, he wasn’t brought in to consider oil – he’s going to be the “green guy”. Oil, coal and other Neanderthal energy sources aren’t really something he’s concerned himself with. But now, he is the man.

Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, huh? Knowing all of that certainly reassures you that his priorities are going to be what is best for the US and not best for the agenda, doesn’t it?

~McQ

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12 Responses to Ah, Chu

  • Yes, but he does bring with him the single most important qualification to this administration; he drinks the Kool aid by the gallon.  Past that, apparently, there isn’t much that matters to these people. 

  • “I’m not the administration,” the Cabinet secretary replied. “I will be speaking and learning more about this in order to figure out what the U.S. position should be and what the president’s position is.”

    Chu, who is still without a deputy, said he feels “like I’ve been dumped into the deep end of the pool” on oil policy.

    Where are we going, and why are we in the hand basket?

  • Welcome to The Obama Amateur Hour Show. We’ll start off today by introducing Contestant #7

  • Nobel laureate? Obviously an idiot savant, as opposed to the ordinary run of the mill idiots who populate Washington.

  • Is Steven Chu’s problem lack of resume or lack or portfilo?   Given the Obama’ s adminstration desire to run the entire Executive Department from the White House Chu’s remark that he is not in the Admistration may be close to the mark.   In the Obama administration department secretaries confirmed the Senate don’t make decisions.   Unconfirmed presidential advisors do.

    Mrs. Clinton has no portfolio, and Judd Gregg walked when it became apparent that he was not going to have one either.

  • Heckuva job, Chewie.

  • Let’s face facts .. this guy doesn’t have a “Chu”

  • Sadly he isn’t the only one of Obama’s appointees that doesn’t know enough to do his job efficiently….

  • Hey, let’s go easy on Chu.  After seeing LaHood get thrown under the bus for his idiot mileage scam tax, I’m sure he doesn’t want to be the next official to be publicly humiliated when TAO undercuts, reverses, and refutes what he says.  Smart move, really.

    O’ course, it’s more likely that he hasn’t been told what TAO’s energy policy actually is.  TAO himself may not really know.  I just hope to heaven that he didn’t mean all the crap he spouted during the campaign about bankrupting coal and otherwise causing the cost of energy to skyrocket.  If he does, then we’re gonna look back at the Great Depression as a halcyon period of ease and plenty.

  • ah Chu?

    gesunheit. :)

    I wish all the problems with the big O were fixed so easily.

  • He’s just being honest. A good pol could have waffled and platituded their way through that question.

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