Energy Sec Chu takes to Facebook to review The Avengers and simultaneously tout clean-energy ‘investment’

posted at 5:26 pm on May 18, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

I hadn’t realized that Obama’s cabinet members were joining in on the Facebook fun, but they are really going full frontal assault on the messaging campaign. The youths, you know (emphasis mine):

I can rarely find the time to make it to the movies, but my staff is buzzing about The Avengers, which focuses on a new, limitless clean energy source called “The Tesseract.” In the film, there is evidently an intergalactic struggle to claim this new resource – one we can only win by relying on heroes like Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, and the Incredible Hulk. Naturally, the group includes a couple scientists!

While the “Tesseract” may be fictional, the real-life global competition over clean energy is growing increasingly intense, as countries around the world sense a huge economic opportunity AND the opportunity for cleaner air, water, and a healthier planet. This is now a $260 billion global market, a sum that would impress even Tony Stark. According to the International Energy Agency, last year — for the first time — more money was invested worldwide in clean, renewable power plants than in fossil fuel power plants.

Given how big the opportunity is, and how fast it is growing, it is no surprise that 80 countries have adopted policies or incentives to capture a share of the clean energy market. The good news is that we have an advantage every bit as powerful as the Incredible Hulk: Americans’ talent for entrepreneurship and innovation is unrivalled [sic] by any other country in the world. We have world-leading scientific facilities that would make Bruce Banner green with envy, and the investments we’re making today in groundbreaking new technologies can help American businesses stay ahead of the curve.

Ultimately, however, the clean energy prize is still up for grabs and countries like China are competing aggressively. It’s not enough for us to simply invent the technologies of the future, we need to actually build and deploy them here as well. As President Obama noted recently, one step Congress should take immediately is to renew the expiring tax credits for clean energy – a step that will create jobs and help American companies compete. When it comes to clean energy, our motto should be: “Invented in America, Made in America, Sold Around the World.”

Er, sorry, but drawing on themes from a popular fantastical superhero movie does not a coherent taxpayer-subsidized green-energy argument make.  I can think of at least four different ways to skin the cat here, but I’m just going to stick with one this time and take umbrage with Secretary Chu’s last sentence.

The manufacture of many green energy technologies, solar panels and wind turbines included, requires rare earth elements. Although rare earth mineral deposits are actually relatively plentiful in the earth’s crust, mining them can be both economically and environmentally costly. Regardless, there are plenty of American companies jockeying to fill the green-energy industry’s (taxpayer-subsidized) demand for REEs — except that the federal government has strict holds on the industry with permits and regulations.

So from where, exactly, do we obtain the crucial elements we need to construct clean energy technologies? Just guess.

The U.S. could add jobs and strengthen national security by developing rare earth mining domestically and in other countries to break China’s 97% monopoly on the global supply of these critical minerals, according to a new report from the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA).

Rare earth deposits exist all over the globe but China is the only country that is actively mining and exporting any significant amounts. Even so, China has both raised prices and cut back on export amounts, exacerbating both rare earth shortages and expenses for the U.S.

“The immediate challenge is getting access to alternate sources of rare earths,” said NCPA Senior Fellow H. Sterling Burnett.  “It takes the United States five times as long as other countries to get a permit and get a mine brought online. What takes two years in Canada takes more like ten years here due to restrictive regulation policies and differing jurisdictions for multiple agencies.”

That’s right. The United States government touts American-made clean energy technology as a means to furthering energy independence and competing with countries like China… while withholding the necessary means to independently produce these clean technologies. Which we then purchase, from China, who enjoys a practical monopoly on the REE market. It all just smacks of “winning the future,” doesn’t it?


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Is there a “dislike” button yet?

Nope, and it probably didn’t cross their minds once to make one during that hackathon last night.

AubieJon on May 18, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Well you didn’t expect him to talk about Obama’s place of birth, did you?

RasThavas on May 18, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Chu obviously didn’t see Captain America or Thor, or he’d know the potential for evil / murder / oblivion in the Tesseract.

And you thought nuclear power spurred protests?

More A+ thinking from our ivory tower administration.

sulla on May 18, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Anyone who is a published author knows these third person bios are written by the author himself. They may be edited in some cases, but they are never published without the written consent of the author (nobody in the publishing business wants a liable lawsuit). This is fact. So he was either lying in the bio to gain a sales advantage or he was lying about his citizenship. In the first case, should someone claiming to be born in another country just to increase his book sales merit being elected president of the U.S.? In the second case, the answer is stated in the Constitution.

RasThavas on May 18, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Well, at least the jackass liked the flick. He’s got that going for him.

squint on May 18, 2012 at 5:35 PM

RasThavas on May 18, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Am I on the wrong thread, or is he?

squint on May 18, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Our “leaders”, our “free” press, our FBI, even so-called Conservative talk show hosts and bloggers are letting us down. They’re all worthless, not caring spittle about we the people. While they pursued $$$ and ignored the obvious to prevent being name-called, an impostor snuck into our White House with bad intentions. The whole lot of them should be hang their heads in shame.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on May 18, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Am I on the wrong thread, or is he?

squint on May 18, 2012 at 5:38 PM

He’s on the wrong thread. Wake up, Ras.

sage0925 on May 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

When it comes to clean energy, our motto should be: “Invented in America, Made in America, Sold Around the World.”

When it comes to dream energy, our motto is : “ Funded by taxpayers, bundled for Obama , damaging to America, profitable to Obama ”

burrata on May 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

I’m not sure what’s more depressing; that this Chu character actually thinks he’s accomplishing anything when all he’s doing is blowing our money, or the morons who’re posting their adoration on his facebook page. Products of a corrupt, liberal education system.

AubieJon on May 18, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Imagine the ‘high’ they are getting from inventing a President? The power exercised here is breath taking. They have invented, out of whole cloth, a person that was designed to win elections. Yet, like making sausage, NEVER watch it being done! The media realizes how unappetizing this sausage really happens to be.

Whether born in Kenya or Kansas, the man is without a doubt the singularly most un-American, anti-American public figure since Cynthia McKinney. The situation is even more fraught with peril when you consider our nation is led by a person who is not only a monumental accretion of glib mediocrity, but also a shameless self promoter who is as vacuous and intellectually deficient as any I have laid my eyes upon. That the “man” is thus cannot be reasonably denied by anyone with an eye to see or an ear to hear.

Carthoris on May 18, 2012 at 5:43 PM

I can rarely find the time to make it to the movies what with having to figure out ways to help out the boss’s bundlers with bogus contracts.

Happy Nomad on May 18, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Judging by the comments section over at the ABC Newsite it appears that all hell is breaking loose. I’m seeing very few comments defending the story that this was just a fact checking error. On the contrary the vast majority of the comments are to the effect that ABC and other MSM outlets are complicit in covering up for this fraud. To me that makes them complicit to a crime. There is a reason why the Constitution forbids foreign nationals from becoming POTUS and it’s precisely to prevent what has been happening over the last 4 years. This Kenyan born plant has become the Manchurian Candidate and is doing everything in his power to destroy the American Economy and way of life. The Democrats are often Socialists and they want to see the downfall of the current American Free Enterprise system and replace it with their version of a Utopian socialist society. The truth will out. At some point someone will find damning documents to prove Obama was born in Kenya. This is a lie too big to keep secret. The only question is will this occur before the election or after? Once it is proven then this should discredit the Dem party from here on out. The first thing Romney needs to do when he gets elected is to start dismantling the welfare state. The more folks we get off the dole and into the workforce and having to pay taxes the less liklihood that they will continue to vote Dem. Right now that’s how Dems get elected, by promising goodies in return. That has to stop. For now we all need to keep up the relentless searching for the truth of this fraud posing as our President. The truth will out.

RasThavas on May 18, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Wonder how many shares of facebook chu was able to get and how much he will make?
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letget on May 18, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Secretary Chu who wants us to have suffer through $8 to $10 a gallon gas, and probably $2 kw hour electricity, is one of the future stars of a web bannner ad campaign that someone should do.. NOW… Radicals at the Helm.
Another radical nutcase is John Holdren, O’s “Science” Czar, yes, the quotes are an official part of his title. Even after word got out of the crazy nuts nature of Holdren, O has kept him as his czar, Holdren quotes:

“A massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the United States… [we] must design a stable, low consumption economy in which there is a much more equitable distribution of wealth.” -John Holdren (1973), [Forget steel, go back to stone tools. No fire, though. That’ll make it fun!]

“It has been concluded that.. laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution.” – the “Science” Czar

anotherJoe on May 18, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Naturally, the group includes a couple scientists!

Too bad there are no English majors.

I think he means “a couple of scientists.”

itsnotaboutme on May 18, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Question is, will it matter? To readers of this site, the revelation that 0bama is a serial liar is not exactly shocking. This latest evidence only adds to a body of proof we already know. The problem is the Zer0bots — they voted him into office once already and any indication that he is less than what he says is irrelevant to them. They see any opposition to The W0n as racism / bigotry / xenophobia and now probably homophobia, all of which allows them to dismiss it outright. To us, the national birthplace of He Who Must Not Be Questioned is of paramount importance because of that little eligibility clause in the Constitution. To Zer0ids, the Constitution is outdated and means only what they want it to mean at whatever particular moment in time. To them, it means pretty much nothing at all. What happens if we find incontrovertible proof that His Exalted W0n-ness is in fact a foreign national and is ineligible to be President? Do we impeach him? Get it past Harry Reid. Do we have him arrested and incarcerated? Who is going to do that? This whole 0bama fiasco should discredit the Democrats to the point where they are finished as a political force for the rest of time. But they still battle on, they attract followers, they win elections (by methods legitimate or otherwise), they corrupt our political system, they foster dependence and slothfulness and they empower and glorify themselves.

DasObamaReich on May 18, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Am I on the wrong thread, or is he?

squint on May 18, 2012 at 5:38 PM

You gotta be nutty to buy the birther stuff, & nuts don’t care if they hijack threads.

itsnotaboutme on May 18, 2012 at 5:51 PM

RasThavas on May 18, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Good points, wrong thread. Time to switch to decaf.

squint on May 18, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Chu: another gay, foreign-born, dog-eating enemy of United States?
Just wondering.

Pork-Chop on May 18, 2012 at 5:51 PM

What is going on in this thread? I’m having flashbacks of yesterday.

John the Libertarian on May 18, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Did he even see the movie?
*Spoliers*

The Tesseract, the amazing super green American energy he seems to love, helped bring about an ALIEN INVASION (as in aliens from outer space). Not sure thats a good thing. What a doofus.

Optimus Prime on May 18, 2012 at 5:57 PM

If only we could power the country with Asgardian magic.

Jim Treacher on May 18, 2012 at 6:00 PM

The manufacture of many green energy technologies, solar panels and wind turbines included, requires rare earth elements. Although rare earth mineral deposits are actually relatively plentiful in the earth’s crust, mining them can be both economically and environmentally costly.

Yup, and the toxic waste generated by the manufacturing process isn’t exactly environmentally friendly, either.

rcpjr on May 18, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Did he even see the movie?
*Spoliers*

The Tesseract, the amazing super green American energy he seems to love, helped bring about an ALIEN INVASION (as in aliens from outer space). Not sure thats a good thing. What a doofus.

Optimus Prime on May 18, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Those are called “migrants“, you racist!

squint on May 18, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Seeing how facebook’s IPO went today, they don’t even want to go there.

rubberneck on May 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

What is wrong with these people? Doubling down on green phony balony energy after what happened to all of our dough at Solyndra, should at least give him pause. Which Walgreens did he buy that Nobel Prize from, I’d like to get one.

Kissmygrits on May 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Which Walgreens did he buy that Nobel Prize from, I’d like to get one.

Kissmygrits on May 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

It’s got chocolate on the inside! If you prefer white chocolate, try the Pulitzer.

squint on May 18, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Is it rude or petty to point out that it appears Chu posted this piece around noon Eastern Daylight Time — which means he did wrote and posted it at work (I assume he’s at work), on government time, on a government computer? Either it’s politicking, which would make that an illegal use of government property and time, or else it’s purely personal, which would make it an illegal use of government property and time.

Not that “illegal” is anything more than a quotable line from “Pineapple Express” to an Obamabot.

Zumkopf on May 18, 2012 at 6:31 PM

RasThavas on May 18, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Ras!Ras!!…that stuff’s not legal yet!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Dumbest Nobel Prize winning physicist ever. Not being sarcastic.

MechanicalBill on May 18, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Which Walgreens did he buy that Nobel Prize from, I’d like to get one.

Kissmygrits on May 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

…I think it came from a Cracker Jack Box…and Chew Choo had to tear it open to get it!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 6:43 PM

“Is there a “dislike” button yet?”

BINGO!, Erika Johnsen.

locomotivebreath1901 on May 18, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Did he even see the movie?
*Spoliers*

The Tesseract, the amazing super green American energy he seems to love, helped bring about an ALIEN INVASION (as in aliens from outer space). Not sure thats a good thing. What a doofus.

Optimus Prime on May 18, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Two for one deal- Chu gets his dream and so does Paul Krugman.

Betenoire on May 18, 2012 at 6:47 PM

So he’s on Facebook. Look at the bright side, he’s not reviewing applications for ‘green grants’. He did so well on Solyndra. Just proves that eggheads can make stupid moves, just like us ordinary folks.

Hey Stevie! Got all those roads and roofs painted white yet?

GarandFan on May 18, 2012 at 6:49 PM

The U.S. could add jobs and strengthen national security by developing rare earth mining domestically and in other countries to break China’s 97% monopoly on the global supply of these critical minerals, according to a new report from the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA).

Combination of China being the only country willing and able to produce these elements, given that they are found pretty much everywhere?

Count to 10 on May 18, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Let me show off a little comic book geekdom and why talking about the tesseract is a *horrible* analogy for an entirely different reason.

The teseract was a cosmic cube given a different name. The Thanos cameo at the end just proves this theory. The cosmic cube was in reality an embryo that would eventually “hatch” into a being of great power.

So basically he’s referring to using embryos of living sentient beings as unlimited energy.

LordDaMan on May 18, 2012 at 7:46 PM

…I think it came from a Cracker Jack Box…and Chew Choo had to tear it open to get it!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Cracker? Cracker!

Raaaaaaaaacist………………..

pain train on May 18, 2012 at 9:09 PM

While the “Tesseract” may be fictional, the real-life global competition over clean energy is growing increasingly intense, as countries around the world sense a huge economic opportunity AND the opportunity for cleaner air, water, and a healthier planet.

So, does this sound to everybody else exactly like the campaign soundbites appended to the Presidents’ bios on the White House web page?

The only thing he didn’t say was “While the Tesseract may be fictional, President Obama is supporting the US in the competition to develop clean energy.

Oh, wait, he did:

As President Obama noted recently, one step Congress should take immediately is to renew the expiring tax credits for clean energy – a step that will create jobs and help American companies compete.

Yep, they are trying to hijack movies now too.

AZfederalist on May 18, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Chu is bad on energy.

But at least he was not the first official to get Cap and Trade into law in the U. S.

That honor goes to wait.

Mitt Romney.

Since Mitt likes Cap and Trade get ready for more if it as we have no choice this election on any major issue.

Barach Mitt Romney Obama.

Steveangell on May 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Tony Stark, call your office!

ZK on May 19, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Obviously, the reason China is producing the REEs is because of the Mandarin’s involvement. There’s the connection to Tony Stark. Get Iron Man over to China to defeat the Mandarin, and the REE production quantities will be equalized globally.

digitalhap on May 19, 2012 at 10:23 AM

For some reason, this quote came to mind:

Ripley: [referring to the doll] Look, no bad dreams there.

Newt: Ripley, she doesn’t have bad dreams because she’s just a piece of plastic.

Kraken on May 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM