Obama: Meet my energy secretary, who actually deserved his Nobel prize

posted at 5:52 pm on March 30, 2011 by Allahpundit

To cleanse the palate via Mediaite, a long-awaited answer to the question, “Is Obama capable of humility?”

Dude, I think he is.


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Glenn Beck head explode in 4…3….2…1….

Defector01 on March 30, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Totus is rebelling.

Cody1991 on March 30, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Re-election strategy? “Oh, thinking moi was a Messiah was so silly of you people!”

Marcus on March 30, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Totus is rebelling.

Cody1991 on March 30, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Too soon to declare FTW?

joeindc44 on March 30, 2011 at 5:57 PM

When he mentioned Chu’s prize, there was some murmuring in the crowd, like ‘how could he mention that considering the debacle of his prize‘, and I think Obama picked up on that vibe and thought it wise to mention that yes, people, I know my prize was a joke.

keep the change on March 30, 2011 at 6:00 PM

So 0bama just admitted he’s racist?

Master Shake on March 30, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Stephen Chu may have deserved his Nobel but the idea that one should plug an academic particle-banger into the Secretary of Energy chair shows just how irrelevant the job really is.

JEM on March 30, 2011 at 6:02 PM

In order for him to show humility he would have to fire/ask for resignations from EVERYONE he selected up to and including Joe Biden.

“You know, people, I got this thing entirely wrong. I’m sorry. I really and truly F’d this up! I’m taking all the progressive S*heads I hired and going back to Chicago. You folks knew better all along. I just hope the networks and newspapers will learn and fire all the people who have been kissing my back side since before the election.

Good night and good luck!”

THAT would show humility.

Anything less is just a continuing insult to the American people.

Hyunchback on March 30, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Unless the economy turns around, 2012 is likely to be a lesson in humility that would be bound to sink in, now matter how slow a learner he is.

percival on March 30, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Lesson in humility coming Nov 2012.

publiuspen on March 30, 2011 at 6:12 PM

THAT would show humility.

Anything less is just a continuing insult to the American people.

Hyunchback on March 30, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Close, but no Cohiba.

What Osama Obama would have to do is resign, and then trot over to the nearest station house and turn himself in.

After two-plus years of treason, lies, incompetence and outright fraud, there is nothing else he could do to begin to atone.

I’d let him keep his little Nobel medal in the cell with him, though.

One nice side-benefit would be that RINO pundits’ heads would explode. After all the time they’ve spent making excuses for, issuing weak-tea criticisms of and generally enabling-by-inactivity the Traitor-in-Chief (“maybe it’s time for him to think about…”), his loss would probably hurt the hell out of their readership stats.

Tough beans. It’d be damn good for America.

MrScribbler on March 30, 2011 at 6:14 PM

So Stephen Chu is going to work with Petrobras…

… and we will be their best customers.

Got it! Thanks for the clarification, champ…

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Fool born every day…KILLED him to say it.

winston on March 30, 2011 at 6:33 PM

So Stephen Chu is going to work with Petrobras…

… and we will be their best customers.

Got it! Thanks for the clarification, champ…

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Hey, this is how we spread the wealth on an international scale.

BigWyo on March 30, 2011 at 6:35 PM

03/30/2011
America’s Next Top Energy Innovator
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U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced the “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” challenge, designed to give start-up companies the opportunity to utilize and license revolutionary technology developed by national laboratories for $1000.

To facilitate this effort, the DOE is reducing the cost and paperwork for start-up companies to acquire option agreements to license some of the 15,000 patents held by 17 national laboratories.

“America’s entrepreneurs and innovators are the best in the world,” says Secretary Chu. “Today, we’re challenging them to create new businesses based on discoveries made by our world-leading national laboratories. Because we’ve cut the upfront fees and reduced the paperwork, we’ll make it easier for start-up companies to succeed and create the new jobs our economy needs. Our goal is simple: unleash America’s innovation machine and win the global race for the clean energy jobs of the future.”

Details per the DOE for “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” are as follows:

On Monday, May 2, 2011, the Department will kick off the challenge by posting a streamlined template option agreement online for entrepreneurs to submit to laboratories. Entrepreneurs must identify the technology of interest and submit a business plan to be considered for the program. Participants will have until December 15 to make their submission to the laboratory.

Any of the 15,000 unlicensed patents and patent applications held by the national laboratories will be available for licensing by startup companies.

From May 2 to December 15, the Department will reduce the total upfront cost of licensing DOE patents in a specific technology to a $1,000 upfront fee for portfolios of up to three patents. This represents a savings of $10,000 to $50,000 on average in upfront fees.

Other license terms, such as equity and royalties, will be negotiated on a case by case basis and will typically be due once the company grows and achieves wide scale commercial success. These fees help support the Department’s continuing research activities to develop new technologies.

The Department will simplify the licensing process and establish a standard set of terms for start-ups, who generally lack the resources, time, or expertise to negotiate individual licensing agreements. This will significantly reduce both the time and cost required to process the license, allowing faster access to the Department’s patents and enabling the Department to process more licenses in a shorter amount of time.

Entrepreneurs who complete the process and demonstrate progress toward executing their business plan and commercializing the technology will have the opportunity to be showcased at the 3rd Annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in 2012, which brings together leading technology startups and clean energy investors from around the country.
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http://www.buildings.com/ArticleDetails/tabid/3334/ArticleID/11758/Default.aspx

canopfor on March 30, 2011 at 6:37 PM

I noticed that little laugh,from Hopey!

canopfor on March 30, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Yeah, Chu is of the same Nobel caliber as Barry. When first picked as the head of the Dept of Energy, Chu didn’t even know he was also in charge of oil.

GarandFan on March 30, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Oh, great. Way to humiliate the Norwegians. I thought they were about the only ones left who still liked us.

CJ on March 30, 2011 at 6:49 PM

So Stephen Chu is going to work with Petrobras…

… and we will be their best customers.

Got it! Thanks for the clarification, champ…

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2011 at 6:17 PM

If Chu screws up Petrobras like he screwed up the gulf oil spill, George Soros is going to be mighty unhappy with his manchild president.

slickwillie2001 on March 30, 2011 at 6:49 PM

When he mentioned Chu’s prize, there was some murmuring in the crowd, like ‘how could he mention that considering the debacle of his prize‘, and I think Obama picked up on that vibe and thought it wise to mention that yes, people, I know my prize was a joke.

keep the change on March 30, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Exactly!

Ira on March 30, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Stephen Chu may have deserved his Nobel but the idea that one should plug an academic particle-banger into the Secretary of Energy chair shows just how irrelevant the job really is.

JEM on March 30, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Nobel Prize Winning Energy Plan:

1. Raise costs of energy so that no one can afford it.

2. Paint all roofs white.

3. Check air in tires

kringeesmom on March 30, 2011 at 7:11 PM

kringeesmom on March 30, 2011 at 7:11 PM

4. Send greedy union thugs around to caulk your windows.

slickwillie2001 on March 30, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Didn’t hot air just a few days ago, have a posting which took the shuck and jive energy act apart at the seams? As I recall it was all about the USA having more energy reserves than any other country in the world.

tarpon on March 30, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Sure, Chu’s a European socialist.

Energy Secretary-nominee Steven Chu. Last September, he told the Wall Street Journal that ‘somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.’”

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Europe’s gasoline prices today hovering around $9/gal.

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Meanwhile, Our Dear Leader is earning his in Libyia … rumor has it there will be a do-over with Osama bin Laden doing the presenting …

Friendly21 on March 30, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Chu deserved it, unfortunately being good at physics isn’t what makes one a good policy maker.

amazingmets on March 30, 2011 at 10:29 PM

In the background I noticed the future campaign slogan “Winning the Future”. I also noticed that distinctive font they used last tine around. To me, this was a thinly veiled campaign stop.

nkviking75 on March 30, 2011 at 11:56 PM

Nobel Prize Winning Energy Plan:

1. Raise costs of energy so that no one can afford it.

kringeesmom on March 30, 2011 at 7:11 PM

To quote from the 3/17 Businesweek article, For Obama, High Oil Prices Have a Green Lining:

Truth be told, higher prices are what it takes to change the energy consumption habits of large numbers of Americans. “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu told The Wall Street Journal in 2008 when he was director of the University of California’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Chu has backed away from that view since taking office.

Shy Guy on March 31, 2011 at 1:50 AM

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2011 at 8:10 PM

I didn’t see your prior post.

Great minds…. :)

Shy Guy on March 31, 2011 at 1:51 AM

Licensing DOE patents for energy production would be kinda like licensing Ghadafi’s Human Relations manual, or Nigeria’s space program technology….

False humility…empty administration filled with political hacks having no actual talent or experience running something useful…

landlines on March 31, 2011 at 10:26 AM