Newt Gingrich: Fire Steven Chu!

posted at 5:30 pm on March 1, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Newt Gingrich, never shy.

“President Obama must announce today in his Nashua address that he is firing Secretary Chu and replacing him with a pro-American-energy appointment,” said a statement from Gingrich, who cited a POLITICO story about Chu’s appearance before a House Appropriations subcommittee.

“If he doesn’t, then the American people will know the president is still committed to his radical ideology, which wants to artificially raise the cost of energy,” Gingrich added.

“Yesterday [Obama’s] secretary of anti-energy Dr. Chu literally testified in Congress that he did not favor lowering the price of gasoline, that they had no alternative policy to lower the price of gasoline and that his goal was to get us on to other things,” Gingrich said.

“Dr. Chu is apparently a brilliant scientist,” the Republican presidential hopeful said. “I’m for allowing him to go back to science as rapidly as possible. In fact I suspect the American people would chip in to buy the airplane ticket later on today.”

Still, good for him for outright saying what he surely can’t be alone in desiring. Plenty of folks who heard or read Steven Chu’s straight-faced, stunning congressional testimony about gas prices — all to the effect that the administration is just not particularly interested to lower the high price of gas — had to wonder why this guy is Energy Secretary, Nobel Prize in physics aside. Couple that testimony with his surreal assessment of himself as a steward of taxpayer money today and it’s hard not to be sympathetic toward Newt Gingrich’s latest crusade.

Chu might have been on more solid ground with his remarks if this administration had done more to actually move toward energy independence than it has. Other than sinking money in losing solar enterprises, the administration has taken no major steps toward that goal, neither boosting domestic production (production is up, but it takes years for oil and other fuels to come online, so O can’t take credit for the increase that has occurred under his administration) nor encouraging innovation through regulatory rollback.


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Too late for that Chu Chu train.

Schadenfreude on March 1, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Right up Newt’s alley.

HopeHeFails on March 1, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Fire Chu? Prosecute him for criminal fraud and malfeasance.

SWalker on March 1, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I agree with Newt, Chu need walking papers. Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on March 1, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Nobel Prizes = The new Scarlet Letter

BobMbx on March 1, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Is it too late for me to switch candidates again?

a capella on March 1, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Isn’t he just representing the attitude of the rest of the Downgrade Administration?

Chip on March 1, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Obama could shed a lot of baggage and give himself cover to not change his course one bit by firing Chu. Amazing metric there.

DanMan on March 1, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Like yesterday!!

canopfor on March 1, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Newt’s right of course, but it’ll never happen … Obama agrees with Chu. The most dangerous part of Obama is his cabinet and all his radical appointees and hires.

darwin on March 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Why, Chu is the only dude in PBJO’s admin who is even trying to tell the truth.

Bishop on March 1, 2012 at 5:39 PM

O/T,

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canopfor on March 1, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Hang in there Newt…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2012 at 5:40 PM

“Dr. Chu is apparently a brilliant scientist,” the Republican presidential hopeful said. “I’m for allowing him to go back to science as rapidly as possible. In fact I suspect the American people would chip in to buy the airplane ticket later on today.”

Damn I hope the only candidate with “brass ones” sticks it out!

As a friend of ours is fond of saying:

Hang in there Newt!

Tim_CA on March 1, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Hang in there Newt…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2012 at 5:40 PM

….then hang Chew Choo!

KOOLAID2 on March 1, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Ah Chu…..

Kermit on March 1, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Ah, nothing like a theoretical physicist to try and centrally plan the energy policy of an entire country…..

TeresainFortWorth on March 1, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Obama’s strategy is typical arrogant Chicago Machine politics, which is, we will do what we want because we are smarter than you, so be quiet and accept what we give you. Rahm is following the same game plan in Chicago, welcoming the G8/Nato conferences while stonewalling businesses and claiming that “all is well,” so no precautions are needed.

The worst part of all this is that when things go wrong, no matter what happens, there are still enough idiots in this country who are ready to put this mope back into the White House for another four years. So why change? And nobody’s paying any more attention to Gingrich anyway because the media has decided he’s not worth the time. Sad, because he’s the best candidate.

southsidetom on March 1, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Hang in there Newt…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2012 at 5:40 PM

think he can hold out to May 29th? They finally scheduled our primary in Tx. Y’all vote right.

DanMan on March 1, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Tina, why do you write this like Gingrich’s words are problematic??? I have noticed in several recent posts by you regarding Gingrich that you betray a certain negativity towards him:
“Still…..” Why “still”? It seems like you are saying that Gingrich is an ass, but STILL he might be right this time.

For years I have read HotGas every day and I have always marveled how fair and unslanted are the comments of both Allah and Ed even when they are reporting on someone they do not like. For instance the way Ed has been writing about both Romney and Gingrich in spite of his endorsement of Santorum and even his willingness to criticize RS too.

You need to develop a better ability at the same. You need to deepen your understanding of the history of the American politics since WWII as well as your knowledge of the issues of the day so your comments are deeper and more enlightening instead of the bush league commentary that you often give here.

I hate to be too insulting but my wife and I both talk about your comments often and how much better those of AP and EM are in comparison. I am sure you don’t want to seem like the token female thrust onto HotAir by Townhall just to be a pretty face. Time to bring your A game.

Joseph Arlinghaus on March 1, 2012 at 5:46 PM

How did someone with a name like Steven Jew even make it past the antisemitic guardians in the Obama administration?

I give the above joke a C-. And considering I am grading myself I am sure there is significant grade inflation.

NotCoach on March 1, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Can we send Dr.Chu off to the algae beds without a story.

kringeesmom on March 1, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Newt or Rick. I’m afraid Mitt would try to paly everything in the middle.

darwin on March 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM

The problem is not going to be solved until we fire Obama and a whole lot of his Democrat cohorts. Chu is just a symptom, doing what he was hired to do.

backwoods conservative on March 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Chu, Sebelius, Holder, Geithner, Sunstein, etc. they should all be fired! If O had even an inkling of political savvy that Clinton did, he would be rid of at least Chu, Geithner & Holder. So much ammunition could be swept away in an election year. Alas, the smarterest, bestest president evah doesn’t have the intellectual capacity to leave a sinking ship. Hope they take him down slowly but surely…

JAM on March 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM

This is the Newt who sends a tingle up my leg!

Mr. Arkadin on March 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM

think he can hold out to May 29th? They finally scheduled our primary in Tx. Y’all vote right.

DanMan on March 1, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Is that date gonna stick? Have they finally resolved DoJ’s troublesome meddling in Texas’ redistricting?

NotCoach on March 1, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Go Newt!

tinkerthinker on March 1, 2012 at 5:48 PM

In fact I suspect the American people would chip in to buy the airplane ticket later on today.”

Hey he has plenty of BP money,
yeah that BP

Global energy firm BP announced today (Thursday, Feb. 1) that it has selected the University of California, Berkeley, in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to lead an unprecedented $500 million research effort to develop new sources of energy and reduce the impact of energy consumption on the environment.The funding will create the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), which initially will focus its research on biotechnology to produce biofuels — that is, turning plants and plant materials, including corn, field waste, switchgrass and algae, into transportation fuels. …….. “This partnership with BP will develop new, sustainable energy technologies that can transform the landscape,” said Nobel Laureate Steven Chu, director of LBNL — a U.S. Department of Energy-funded lab — and UC Berkeley professor of physics and of molecular and cell biology

http://berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2007/02/01_ebi.shtml
BTW, what is the meaning of
” conflict of interest “????

burrata on March 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM

But Chu gave himself an A-, how do you fire someone that gave themself an A-?

Flange on March 1, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Why is Newt the only one saying this?

stukinIL4now on March 1, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Chu, Sebelius, Holder, Geithner, Sunstein, etc. they should all be fired! If O had even an inkling of political savvy that Clinton did, he would be rid of at least Chu, Geithner & Holder. So much ammunition could be swept away in an election year. Alas, the smarterest, bestest president evah doesn’t have the intellectual capacity to leave a sinking ship. Hope they take him down slowly but surely…

JAM on March 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Santorum has it all wrong. JFK doesn’t make me want to throw up; your list of Obama administration dignitaries does.

BuckeyeSam on March 1, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Why is Newt the only one saying this?

stukinIL4now on March 1, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Answer here

Key West Reader on March 1, 2012 at 5:53 PM

When Newt wins his home state of VA on Tue, he can mouth off all he wants. For now he can shut up.

crash72 on March 1, 2012 at 5:53 PM

But Chu gave himself an A-, how do you fire someone that gave themself an A-?

Flange

Just read an article about how the US electorate isn’t smart enought to know when someone is doing a bad job b/c policy is so difficult to understand. (I know, they must have only interviewed liberals!) But one point was, incompetent people actually can’t recognize their own incompetence or others. And there you go!

JAM on March 1, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Santorum has it all wrong. JFK doesn’t make me want to throw up; your list of Obama administration dignitaries does.

BuckeyeSam

And we all know the bench is way deeper than that. Those are who I could recall off the top of my head. UGH.

JAM on March 1, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Does anyone know if Huckabee is still planning an impromptu debate on Saturday…?

… If so, I would love to see Newt unload on Chu and Obowma.

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2012 at 5:57 PM

So the progressive war against the working poor continues.. The fat rich liberals can afford it when they jack up the cost of gas, they can wax poetic about how much they care about the poor working family…

while rolling away in a limo…

and leaving a family with Mom and Dad working at ten dollars an hour wondering which one has to loose his or her job, because they can’t afford the gas any more..

Lowering their standard of living even further, much to the delight of the antiAmerican enviro left.. They are desperate to depopulate the west, drive down our standard of living, all while sipping the good stuff and complaining bitterly about the unwashed masses and how terrible they are for mother Gia..

Anyone who says a progressive gives two sh*ts about the working poor, is either a liar or an idiot.

They’re sheep to the left, and Chu is the shining example of the careless, clueless left which doesn’t care a damn..

odd that for all their whing about consumption, the enviro left gives up exactly nothing, sacrifices, nothing..

They sure as Hell expect you too…. just not them, they’re special…

mark81150 on March 1, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Is that date gonna stick? Have they finally resolved DoJ’s troublesome meddling in Texas’ redistricting?

NotCoach on March 1, 2012 at 5:48 PM

good question. The federal court in San Antonio that tried to give all the new seats to the dems set the date so it passed locally, the 9th kicked it back to them. Holder still has a chance to mess around, I’m sure he’s going to try to block our new voter ID law.

http://www.chron.com/news/local_news/article/Court-sets-schedule-for-Texas-elections-3374777.php

DanMan on March 1, 2012 at 5:58 PM

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu defends US efforts to curb gasoline prices at House hearing

Submitted 4 mins ago
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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Energy’s Chu Defends U.S. Efforts to Curb Gasoline Prices
Mar 1, 2012 1:25 PM ET
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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-01/energy-s-chu-defends-u-s-efforts-to-curb-rising-gasoline-prices.html

canopfor on March 1, 2012 at 2:22 PM

canopfor on March 1, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Chu is used to the ivy league grading scale. In the ivy leagues, an A- is a failing grade. You didn’t show up for class but managed to make it to 50% of the tests.

He listed an entire laundry list of successes, and as far as i know, none of them were real.

aniptofar on March 1, 2012 at 6:04 PM

The biggest challenge in the WORLD is to decide which person in the obozo administration is the MOST INCOMPETENT. The candidates are plentiful: “systemic failure” napolitano, TAX CHEAT geithner, complete-lack-of-intelligence clapper, see-no-madoff, hear-no-madoff, speak-no madoff shapiro, the entire EPA staff, TAX CHEAT unionista solis, TAX CHEAT can’t-do-math sebelius, laughable farce of an AG and Black Panther supporter and defender holder, $500 MILLION+ of taxpayer money down-the toilet chu, and on, and on, and on. Incompetence is the only thing the obozo team has more of than US debt dollars (15+ TRILLION).

One one person stands out as the winner based on the mere fact that there are so many, many candidates. Yes, you guessed it: the winner as the MOST INCOMPETENT belongs to none other than “You Lie!” himself.

TeaPartyNation on March 1, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Damn I hope the only candidate with “brass ones” sticks it out!

Tim_CA on March 1, 2012 at 5:42 PM

With the brainwashed masses of so called republicans following the party establishment request I am beginning to doubt at this point. Sadly so…

riddick on March 1, 2012 at 6:35 PM

The biggest challenge in the WORLD is to decide which person in the obozo administration is the MOST INCOMPETENT

TeaPartyNation on March 1, 2012 at 6:09 PM

None of them. You give them too much credit. This is all intentional.

CycloneCDB on March 1, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Why is Newt the only one saying this?

stukinIL4now on March 1, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Newt has been saying so many good things that Romney and Santorum both mentioned his remarks in their speaches last Tuesday after the primaries, but did not give him credit.
HA stareted posting some good postes about Newt lately, untill now I could not hear his name on the conservative media and here but in making fun of him.
I attended a rally and Ilistened to a live phone conferance with him , he is a serious and knowledgable of what this country faces at this time, I just hope that it is not too late to put him in the front runner status. He spoke about his journey of faith and his past mistakes with such humility.

evergreenland on March 1, 2012 at 6:47 PM

The problem I see is while the common person happens to be a little PO, the Oil Companies and the Government keep making money hand over fist. And will continue to do so until they drain the last buck out of the economy that they can before it is put on life support. So, if Newt really wants to impress the common folk, then he really needs to discuss the whole story not just the circus clown.

DDay on March 1, 2012 at 6:50 PM

But…the democrats are the defenders of the poor no?

And rising gas prices hit the working poor the hardest.

Too much cognitive dissonance here.

CorporatePiggy on March 1, 2012 at 6:51 PM

It’s fine to be saying this.

Should have been saying it six months ago.

There’s proactive, reactive, and insensate.

Proactive would have been to start drilling sometime well back into the 20th century.

Reactive is to stand up now and demand action.

Insensate is the Alfred E Neumann “What, me worry?” crap we’re getting from this administration.

JEM on March 1, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Well we could say The Chu fits this Administration… to a Tee ..

wheels on March 1, 2012 at 7:37 PM

it’s hard not to be sympathetic toward Newt Gingrich’s latest crusade.

Hard not to be sympathetic? Huh? It’s hard not to agree with what Newt is saying here. The American people continue to be strangled by the policies of this administration and we’re gasping for air. Chu is as good a place as any to start with the dismantling of O’s radical Cabinet. Heck, if we could get a pro- American -citizen appointment in place of this shmuck, I’d be happy to buy Chu that airline ticket home all by myself…no chipping in necessary.

lynncgb on March 1, 2012 at 7:52 PM

How would a Gingrich/Palin ticket test poll?

thedevilinside on March 1, 2012 at 7:53 PM

How would a Gingrich/Palin ticket test poll?

thedevilinside on March 1, 2012 at 7:53 PM

…either way…good with me!

KOOLAID2 on March 1, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Good for Newt. A lynch mob should be forming outside Chu’s office right now.

Jaibones on March 1, 2012 at 8:19 PM

I like Newt. Like Andrew Brietbart (RIP), a happy, brilliant warrior. Too few of those on the right, and despite anything you’ve read to the contraray, Newt can beat Obama. We’re in desperate times here folks. We need a change agent of the first order. The citizens of this country want one thing and will vote for it: the person who can get us out of the debacle that is the current U.S. government run amok ASAP.

pacificisland on March 1, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Too much cognitive dissonance here.

CorporatePiggy on March 1, 2012 at 6:51 PM
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Bravo. I’m surrounded by it.
It is similar to the classic example of people who know that smoking is bad for them but they do it anyway, people will vote for liberals even if it’s to their disadvantage. I don’t know how to get around that mindset.

diogenes on March 1, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Isn’t he the one who said we need to pay China for their pollution problems?

NorthernCross on March 1, 2012 at 9:21 PM

I’ve always had great respect for the field of ethics that is grounded in the works of Thomas Aquinas and Thomas More, but I must say the James Garvey piece in the UK’s Guardian newspaper on “Peter Gleick lied, but was it justified by the wider good?” lowers the bar considerably.

What always seem to punctuate these sort of discussions is that in a field, such as climate science, which, much like religion, is filled with so many known unknowns, clarity can only be achieved through “belief.”

Instead of a clear headed view of ethics, Garvey acts like a “religious minister for hire,” selling his services to the presumably highest bidder, which I guess in this case is to whomever issues the largest government research grants or probably more correct .. the Church of Climate Science. Had this been a discussion of the ethics of WWII, his logic would work for equally for both the “Axis” or the “Allies.” What is missing is the discussion of why the Church of Climate Science is in “the right.” Why it is the “wider good.”

Unfortunately for the Church of Climate Science, which unlike the Roman Church which has had two millenia to wander in the wilderness and hone it’s ethical “beliefs,” climate science is a new “belief system” which will have it’s share of saints, sinners and more than a few persecuted Galileo-types. Eventually, even Garvey may come to realize that even the “beliefs” of Climate Science will and should encounter campaigns against teaching it in schools, especially when the “science” hasn’t held up to critical review.

But currently, he rallies with much the same line as Medieval crusaders that “God is on my side” with the familiar twist that “science is on my side” even when it no longer holds true. When the cracks in it’s foundation have been replaced with mere “belief.”

For science has no moral clarity. It’s clarity comes only from the last test of it’s hypothesis.

J_Crater on March 2, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Newt Gingrich: Fire Steven Chu!

WHY ???

Sec Chu has shown himself to be the only honest and forthright member of the Obama Cabinet. Chu paints the clear, unvarnished picture of the Obama administration. Chu speaks the truth and Newt wants him fired?? What Chu says it what Obama thinks and wants.

Newt needs to redirect his demands to the guy at the top—-Obama !!

BigSven on March 2, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Take that, chew!!

Sherman1864 on March 2, 2012 at 6:24 AM

Ah Chu…..

Kermit on March 1, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Bless you.

freedomfirst on March 2, 2012 at 8:04 AM

How would a Gingrich/Palin ticket test poll?

thedevilinside on March 1, 2012 at 7:53 PM
…either way…good with me!

KOOLAID2 on March 1, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Goodness. If only.

ABO!

freedomfirst on March 2, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Should Chu be fired? Yes but only by the USA voting populace. The perfect scenario is to let Chu stay in office for 8 more months. We have four candidates running for the nomination in the GOP. Two conservatives, one libertarian and one moderate. Each and everyday they should nail Obama via Chu. The conservative voters need examples of what is wrong about Obama.
Good examples of why Obama should be defeated?
Chu, Holder, Pelosi, Reid and DWS. Last but not least is Obama himself.

TomLawler on March 2, 2012 at 2:29 PM