Chu likely on the way out as Energy secretary

posted at 1:51 pm on December 19, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

President Obama is going to have some serious decisions to make on energy policy in his second go-around, especially in terms of the degree to which Americans will be permitted to take advantage of our abundant natural resources and the pending energy boom. I don’t think anybody is holding their breath that the Obama administration will finally phase out government, i.e. taxpayer, “investments” in green energy ventures, but there are still a lot of uncertainties surrounding offshore and terrestrial permitting, natural gas exports, environmental regulations, efficiency standards, all sorts of subsidies, and etcetera.

Secretary Steven Chu has had a pretty rocky tenure as head of Obama’s Department of Energy; the many ailing and failing stimulus recipients the DOE backed as part of their green energy loan guarantee program brought a lot of scrutiny on the Obama administration’s obviously political calculus in frittering away taxpayer dollars. He may be a Nobel-prize winning scientist, but his prowess as a cabinet-level manager has been roundly criticized, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to re-up:

Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter is on the short list of candidates to become the next secretary of energy, according to media reports.

Ritter is director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University. He also is a member of the board of directors of the Energy Foundation and is a senior fellow and board member of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute. …

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu may be leaving the post during the next term of the Obama administration. Among those on the list to replace Chu are Ritter; Tom Steyer, a Democrat from California; former North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan; Susan Tierney, a former assistant energy secretary; and Steve Westley, a California businessman, according to The Washington Post.

Much of the drilling-related minutiae and land-use policies come out of the Department of Interior, however, and apparently the president is fine with where Salazar has taken the department, as he seems to have the go-ahead to stay on if he so desires:

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he’s still mulling whether to serve another term atop the department.

“We are thinking hard about it,” Salazar said in the Capitol Tuesday evening.

“My family and I are having lots of great conversations,” he said when asked whether he planned to stick around.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson (who’s being investigated for her sketchy use of an alias e-mail account for official EPA business, hem hem), has been every bit the zealous, regulation-loving environmentalist advocate, but her future still seems to be up in the air:

In a call with reporters, Jackson skirted questions about whether she might leave the administration. Earlier in the day, she e-mailed EPA staff to congratulate them for the last four years of work and cited “historic and important steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.” …

Other sources close to Jackson say her decision to leave right now would make sense given that she would leave on a positive note completing the tougher soot standards, an accomplishment she wanted to complete as administrator.

From a White House strategic perspective, a departure by Jackson would spur worries about the prospect of a tough fight to confirm her replacement. EPA policies under Obama have spurred criticism among Republicans, and that could make for contentious hearings on a confirmation. A likely successor to Jackson is Bob Perciasepe, Jackson’s deputy. Both environmentalists and people in the energy industry have told National Journal that they would be comfortable with Perciasepe as the choice. He might be easier to confirm than some other candidates.

At the end of the day, of course, all of the administration’s major policy impetuses are a product of President Obama’s delegation — and man, does he ever know how to pick ‘em.


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Litlle man leaving Eunuch in Chief

Schadenfreude on December 19, 2012 at 1:53 PM

What’s the matter with Chu? Everything….He’s a jackass!!!

logicman_1998 on December 19, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Chu likely on the way out as Energy secretary

Hmmm, I guess Chu wasn’t as effective at killing the American Energy Industry as Obama had hoped. Perhaps Obama will replace Chu with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson… o_O

SWalker on December 19, 2012 at 1:56 PM

“I worked hard to get gas prices to European levels. My only regret is that I only got them half way there.”
/Steven Chu

Bitter Clinger on December 19, 2012 at 1:58 PM

I nominate Van Jones because I want a real Commie running that office/

JPeterman on December 19, 2012 at 1:58 PM

I guess China will recall his green cultural attache now… so many e-waste camps lacks a firm leader

Rookie on December 19, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Change the face, keep the policy.

Progressive rule of governance #4.

PappyD61 on December 19, 2012 at 2:02 PM

You’re out of a job, sucka, chu on that.

Bishop on December 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM

A chink in Obama’s armor, eh? *duck*

Archivarix on December 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Is it just me, or does Chu always have the most clueless face in every picture he’s in?

NapaConservative on December 19, 2012 at 2:07 PM

A chink in Obama’s armor, eh? *duck*

Archivarix on December 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Ouch

NapaConservative on December 19, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Lisa Jackson looks like Janet Napolitano in drag. Which primordial cesspool does Obama trawl for these behemoths? I want Jennifer Granholm appointed – she is about as stupid and as liberal as those sows but vastly easier on the eyes.

Archivarix on December 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Any word on whether Dear Leader will stay in Hawaii after the holidays..?

d1carter on December 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Considering that the Left chooses to judge people primarily by their skin color and genitalia they should throw a fit if Lisa Jackson is replaced by Bob Perciasepe, a white male.

visions on December 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM

A chink in Obama’s armor, eh? *duck*

Archivarix on December 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Ouch

NapaConservative on December 19, 2012 at 2:08 PM

The pun is dirty but I didn’t invent it. If you search Hot Air logs of some months ago you’ll find the original source.

Archivarix on December 19, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Which primordial cesspool does Obama trawl for these behemoths?

Archivarix on December 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM

From the river Styx.

NapaConservative on December 19, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I nominate Van Jones because I want a real Commie running that office/

JPeterman on December 19, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Heh, you may get your wish. Jones is one of VJ’s pet projects – after the Putz.

Cody1991 on December 19, 2012 at 2:17 PM

This clown is one of the reasons why we can’t have nice things.

platypus on December 19, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Good riddance.

dentarthurdent on December 19, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Hmmm, I guess Chu wasn’t as effective at killing the American Energy Industry as Obama had hoped. Perhaps Obama will replace Chu with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson… o_O

SWalker on December 19, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Speaking of incompetent imbeciles, what ever happened to Carol “MTBE mandate” Browner? I thought she was one of the rising stars of the 0bama regime.

UltimateBob on December 19, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I think he should tap W

tomas on December 19, 2012 at 2:36 PM

SWalker on December 19, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Speaking of incompetent imbeciles, what ever happened to Carol “MTBE mandate” Browner? I thought she was one of the rising stars of the 0bama regime.

UltimateBob on December 19, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Sorry, I can neither confirm nor deny that there are any

EPAD1 (Environmental Protection Agency Defector #1) individuals who actually exist, : wink wink:

SWalker on December 19, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Noted academic having problems dealing with real world problems? No way, that’s unpossible.

JeremiahJohnson on December 19, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Chu too did to much Choo Choo and caused to much CO2 so he too had to be held responsible for global warming, AGW, aka climate change aka East Anglia e-mail fraud aka. Also.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 19, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Chu now needs to go to a denist for unidrictional wisdom tooth drilling.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 19, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Aw, and I bet we don’t hit $10/gallon before he goes.

The Rogue Tomato on December 19, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Sorry, I can neither confirm nor deny that there are any

EPAD1 (Environmental Protection Agency Defector #1) individuals who actually exist, : wink wink:

SWalker on December 19, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Heh. Good stuff.

UltimateBob on December 19, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Obama’s closet of skeletons is getting full. Hillary (luckily she only hit her head and didn’t get the full “Vince Foster”), Chu, Bengazi CIAers, Susan Rice, etc. etc.

he needs to ask Congress for money to enlarge the closets (sounds like shovel ready to me).

teejk on December 19, 2012 at 3:43 PM

FORWARD – AL GORE!

Pork-Chop on December 19, 2012 at 4:06 PM

The Chu Chu train has left the station.

antisense on December 19, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Stephen Chued American taxpayers for bad (Fisker) Karma, which ran over his dogma. Good riddance!!!

For his replacement, may I suggest a certain outspoken former Governor of Alaska? She’s not likely to be appointed, but would do a great job!

Lisa Jackson would be another great riddance, as she has single-handedly killed the electric power industry with senseless “rules” on carbon dioxide emissions, which make both coal-fired and gas-fired plants prohibitive, despite the gas-fracking boom. Suddenly even Democrats are talking about exporting LNG (liquefied natural gas). I’ve got a better idea–burn it here to heat our homes and generate electricity–it’s a lot cleaner than coal or oil !!!

Steve Z on December 19, 2012 at 5:22 PM

I honestly hate to see Stephen Chu PHD/Nobel Prize winner/Commander-in-Chief of Obama Political Payback, go.

He is the poster boy on why the Dept of Energy needs to be executed and its remains cremated in the nearest coal fired incinerator.

WestTexasBirdDog on December 19, 2012 at 7:34 PM

…how long before he needs a pardon?

KOOLAID2 on December 19, 2012 at 8:13 PM

So…Uberfurher Obama is purging Chu’s now?

coldwarrior on December 19, 2012 at 8:45 PM

I nominate Van Jones because I want a real Commie running that office/

JPeterman on December 19, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Yes, Dear Leader will not disappoint. He will make a bold and selfless nomination on behalf of the People, someone whom the People trust is eminently qualified to restore the glory days of Stalin.

petefrt on December 19, 2012 at 9:25 PM

With all the bilions of tax dollars he has wasted, he should be escorted right into prison.

Amazingoly on December 20, 2012 at 8:05 AM