Chu stepping down: “I came with dreams and am leaving with a set of accomplishments”

posted at 3:11 pm on February 1, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Accompanying the exits of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and EPA Chief Lisa Jackson, it looks like President Obama is going for a full-on overhaul of his energy team, announcing Friday that a new Secretary of Energy is joining the list of Cabinet posts that need filling:

Energy Secretary Steven Chu will be leaving his post, the White House confirmed Friday, exiting the administration at the start of President Obama’s second term after a rocky tenure.

In his resignation letter, Chu said he intend to stay on board “past the end of February” to help the department find his successor.

Chu’s leadership has drawn sharp criticism from Republicans who questioned his controversial support for and handling of a $528 million federal loan to solar panel maker Solyndra before the company filed for bankruptcy.

But come on, now — it’s certainly not just Solyndra that Republicans are complaining about. Solyndra was just the poster child of the Obama administration’s much-vaunted green energy loan guarantee program, so it appropriately became the poster child of a dozens-long list of ‘green’ companies that received taxpayer funds and are now either ailing or failing, as is wont to happen when the government tries to pick marketplace winners and losers of its own accord:

  1. Evergreen Solar ($25 million)*
  2. SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
  3. Solyndra ($535 million)*
  4. Beacon Power ($43 million)*
  5. Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
  6. SunPower ($1.2 billion)
  7. First Solar ($1.46 billion)
  8. Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
  9. EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
  10. Amonix ($5.9 million)
  11. Fisker Automotive ($529 million)
  12. Abound Solar ($400 million)*
  13. A123 Systems ($279 million)*…

And etcetera. Of course, the White House was full of nothing but praise for Chu and his many “accomplishments”:

“During his time as Secretary, Steve helped my administration move America towards real energy independence,” Obama said. “Over the past four years, we have doubled the use of renewable energy, dramatically reduced our dependence on foreign oil, and put our country on a path to win the global race for clean energy jobs.” …

In a letter to Energy Department employees, Chu said he was proud of his tenure and cited dozens of accomplishments, including doubling the production of renewable energy from wind and solar power. Installations of small solar electric, or photovoltaic, systems have nearly doubled in each of the last three years, he said, while fully 42 percent of new energy capacity in the U.S. last year was from wind — more than any other energy source, Chu said.

Funny — I’d say that Chu helped us play Green-Energy Monopoly with what they pretended was fake money while the oil-and-gas industry actually helped to move us closer to real energy independence, but agree to disagree. (And that statistic about wind that Chu throws out there is highly misleading, by the way — it’s easy for wind to comprise 42 percent of new energy capacity when every single outstanding project is rushing to get grandfathered in to the very generous federal wind production tax credit).

No word yet on a definite choice for a successor, but I wouldn’t envy being in his or her shoes for a confirmation hearing, what with President Obama’s born-again climate-change championing on everyone’s radar.


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Chew on this Chu

Now that you have time on your hands do some research.

http://www.wattsupwiththat.com

Have a nice life,

U.S.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 1, 2013 at 3:16 PM

“Accomplishments”?
So that’s how they ensure no child is left behind – in progspeak failure is now retitled as an accomplishment.

dentarthurdent on February 1, 2013 at 3:16 PM

right up there with Thoroughly Adequate Hillary I’d say.

DanMan on February 1, 2013 at 3:18 PM

He’s a Nobel Peace Prize winner…
You know..

Electrongod on February 1, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Chu stepping down: “I came with dreams and am leaving without going to jail!

KOOLAID2 on February 1, 2013 at 3:22 PM

One person’s dream is a country’s nightmare.

Lily on February 1, 2013 at 3:24 PM

This crook should be in Gitmo.

Mr. Arrogant on February 1, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Don’t let the Solar Panel whack you in your Gluteus Maximus,
on the way out, zee door!

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Does this mean he’s passed out all the graft and pay-offs that he can?

Or is he leaving just ahead of the posse?

CPT. Charles on February 1, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Ah Chu…

Bless you.

Drained Brain on February 1, 2013 at 3:25 PM

It make zero difference with chu leaving! The epa will continue to do their diry work for bho and the ‘new chu’ will most likly be worse that the ‘last chu’!
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letget on February 1, 2013 at 3:25 PM

I keep asking myself, why are all these people leaving the administration at once? Does VJ want to stock the offices with people even further to the left? Is it even possible to be further to the left than these clowns?

totherightofthem on February 1, 2013 at 3:25 PM

“I came as a midget and I leave as one” — Choo, choo, choo

Time for one more of the kindergarten creatures to depart. Hillary was right “most in this administration are novices, without experiernce”…paraphrased.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2013 at 3:26 PM

When Chu says “I was proud to serve my country”, are we sure which country he talks about?

Archivarix on February 1, 2013 at 3:26 PM

That includes Hillary too.

She assumes that she’d great but she’s as dumb as Obama when the 3:00a.m. phone call comes in. Benghazi proves it beyond any doubt. Then there’s Syria, Turkey, Egypt, Lybia over and over…and so much more. See Russia and N. Korea too…oh, Iran and etc.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2013 at 3:27 PM

“I came with dreams and am leaving with a set of accomplishments”

With a resume like yours sport, it’s clear to me that the word “accomplishments” doesn’t mean what you think it means.

antipc on February 1, 2013 at 3:27 PM

No word yet on a definite choice for a successor, …

My money is on Al Gore. No, I am not making a joke.

Fenris on February 1, 2013 at 3:29 PM

I came, I saw, I squandered.

- Henry Chu, A Nobel Laureate

Cicero43 on February 1, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Oh boy!
Maybe I won’t have to paint my roof white.

freedomfirst on February 1, 2013 at 3:36 PM

My money is on Al Gore. No, I am not making a joke.

Fenris on February 1, 2013 at 3:29 PM

That wouldn’t surprise me in the least. With a another hundred mil in the bank, he has time on his hands.

I wonder of Bawney might call Obama and ask for the position, now that he’s been slighted by the MA governor for Kerry’s vacated Senate seat.

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Obama thanks Energy Secretary Steven Chu for his service; ‘Steve helped my Administration move America towards real energy independence’ – White House

2 mins ago from http://www.whitehouse.gov by editor
================================================

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 01, 2013
Statement from the President on Secretary Steven Chu

I want to thank Secretary Chu for his dedicated service on behalf of the American people. As a Nobel Prize winning scientist, Steve brought to the Energy Department a unique understanding of both the urgent challenge presented by climate change and the tremendous opportunity that clean energy represents for our economy. And during his time as Secretary, Steve helped my Administration move America towards real energy independence. Over the past four years, we have doubled the use of renewable energy, dramatically reduced our dependence on foreign oil, and put our country on a path to win the global race for clean energy jobs. Thanks to Steve, we also expanded support for our brightest engineers and entrepreneurs as they pursue groundbreaking innovations that could transform our energy future. I am grateful that Steve agreed to join in my Cabinet and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/01/statement-president-secretary-steven-chu

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 3:37 PM

My money is on Al Gore

That might be money well spent? Afterall bore is in bed with the rop type devils spawn with his sale of his network! Gotta keep this all in the bho family now don’t we?
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letget on February 1, 2013 at 3:38 PM

No word yet on a definite choice for a successor, but I wouldn’t envy being in his or her shoes for a confirmation hearing, what with President Obama’s born-again climate-change championing on everyone’s radar.

How does “Secretary Gore” sound?

BobMbx on February 1, 2013 at 3:39 PM

How does “Secretary Gore” sound?

BobMbx on February 1, 2013 at 3:39 PM

About as pleasant as, “Honey, I’ve been cheating on you for years and none of the kids are yours.”

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Chu aided in robbing and destabilizing the U.S.

His dreams were that, and he accomplished them.

listens2glenn on February 1, 2013 at 3:43 PM

************ Alert ********************

Republicans Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr announce they would vote against Hagel for defense secretary – @AP

2 mins ago from posttrib.suntimes.com by editor
===================================================

http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/17949745-418/white-house-hagel-will-win-senate-confirmation.html

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Don’t let the door hit chu in the ass.

Mark1971 on February 1, 2013 at 3:46 PM

About as pleasant as, “Honey, I’ve been cheating on you for years and none of the kids are yours.”

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 3:41 PM

You forgot “with your best friend”.

antipc on February 1, 2013 at 3:48 PM

I wonder of Bawney might call Obama and ask for the position…

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Bawney already has an open call for positions.

Fenris on February 1, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Don’t let the door hit chu in the ass.

Mark1971 on February 1, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Heh.

davidk on February 1, 2013 at 3:51 PM

**************OnGoing PopCorn Alert *****************

Egypt protest live

­Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the Presidential Palace in Cairo to protest against the Morsi regime and the approval of the new constitution.

http://rt.com/on-air/egypt-protest-live-clashes/

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 3:52 PM

About as pleasant as, “Honey, I’ve been cheating on you for years and none of the kids are yours.”

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 3:41 PM

You forgot “with your best friend”.

antipc on February 1, 2013 at 3:48 PM

And “with your money.”

davidk on February 1, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Ahhh….Chu!

**snort** Somebody had to do it.

kingsjester on February 1, 2013 at 3:54 PM

************************* Alert ***********************

Report: Obama leaning toward choosing Gina McCarthy as next Environmental Protection Agency, sources tell @Reuters

1 min ago by editor

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 3:55 PM

And “with your money.”

davidk on February 1, 2013 at 3:53 PM

“And in ‘our’ bed.”

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 3:57 PM

NAME ONE…

Pest on February 1, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Bad day for China.

They just lost there best operative in the US.

acyl72 on February 1, 2013 at 4:02 PM

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Is bho/and or jarrett leaning to gina for epa? jarrett is the head of the worm bho!
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letget on February 1, 2013 at 4:04 PM

And “with your money.”

davidk on February 1, 2013 at 3:53 PM

“And in ‘our’ bed.”

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 3:57 PM

O.K. Now my eyes are watering and my side hurts. Any further would be borderline porn.

antipc on February 1, 2013 at 4:05 PM

NAME ONE…

Pest on February 1, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Do not fall on the floor laughing but Obama just that Chu designed the cap that stop the oil leakage in the BP oil well in the gulf of Mexico well back in 2011… Yep… read it below:

http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/02/obama-credits-chu-with-designing-cap-for-gulf-oil-155907.html

mnjg on February 1, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Do not fall on the floor laughing but Obama just said that Chu designed the cap that stop the oil leakage in the BP oil well in the gulf of Mexico well back in 2011… Yep… read it below:

http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/02/obama-credits-chu-with-designing-cap-for-gulf-oil-155907.html

mnjg on February 1, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Chu & Company:
“Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe [as $10 a gallon].” -Steven Chu
“I think that I would have preferred a [more] gradual adjustment. ” -Obama in response to gas prices rising abruptly.
“Imagine the total civil breakdown that would ensue if the electric grid failed for an extended period in Sydney or London…It’s worth noting that if a major city lost all electric supply in 1950, it wouldn’t have been catastrophic… Then ask yourself — why do we tolerate those in our polity who are working to weaken our already over-extended energy generating and delivery systems?” -Wes George (JNova comment)
“Chief executives of large fossil fuel companies [should] be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature.” -James Hansen, NASA
“[in twenty years {2008} ] the West Side Highway [and thus most of Manhattan] will be under water… ” -James Hansen, NASA, 1988
“Oil makes us sick. It’s global warming. It’s ruining our country. It’s ruining our world.” -Harry Reid, Democrat

anotherJoe on February 1, 2013 at 4:22 PM

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Is bho/and or jarrett leaning to gina for epa? jarrett is the head of the worm bho!
L

letget on February 1, 2013 at 4:04 PM

letget:

For some strange reason,Hopey seems to pick the LBGT
Team members.

I dug this up,sending Linkys to AP,good stuff,another
Environmental Wacko:)
======================

Rep. McKinley Questions EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
Mar 28 2012
***********

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6UYwvEvrvI

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 4:22 PM

“I came with dreams and am leaving with a set of accomplishments”

We witnessed your arrival with visions of economic destruction, and we clebrate your leaving by saying,”Thank god that’s over. It was bad, but it could have been a lot worse.”

djm1992 on February 1, 2013 at 4:32 PM

“Oil makes us sick. It’s global warming. It’s ruining our country. It’s ruining our world.” -Harry Reid, Democrat

anotherJoe on February 1, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Well, Harry (who has never proven he is not a pedophile) reid is correct here.

I once drank some oil. Made me sicker’n a dog.

davidk on February 1, 2013 at 4:34 PM

FU CHU…don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

Wyznowski on February 1, 2013 at 4:49 PM

We have a winner! “Don’t let the door hit chu in the ass.

Mark1971 on February 1, 2013 at 3:46 PM “

tomshup on February 1, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Hope he drives one of his beloved electric cars over a high cliff.

TexasJew on February 1, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Who would put money on the fact Reid’s not a pedophile.

He looks, talks and acts like one and he’s part of the ruling elite so a parent of a peasant should be glad his 8 yr old boy was chosen for service to royalty.

acyl72 on February 1, 2013 at 5:21 PM

He came with the dream of helping 0bama to destroy the economy and manufacturing productivity of the USA.

They accomplished about half of it at this point. Their continuing policies will finish it within a couple of years.

LegendHasIt on February 1, 2013 at 5:27 PM

So what is the back story?

Is he going to be indicted (joke – noone is indicted in this
corrupt administration) or did he leave so someone even worse
can take his place?

Amjean on February 1, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Yeah Chu, a lot of “accomplishments” including WASTING billions in taxpayer dollars.

GarandFan on February 1, 2013 at 5:41 PM

“I came with dreams and am leaving with a set of accomplishments”

Only Accomplishment: More d-cRAT crony capitalists have gotten more taxpayer money to benefit themselves and to waste than ever before in the history of the country.

TeaPartyNation on February 1, 2013 at 6:05 PM

In regards to Chu, you can’t get blood from a turnip

entagor on February 1, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Good riddance, Mr.Sneeze. Go take up Zen gardening and actually accomplish something for once in your sorry life that doesn’t involve wasting more money than my entire family tree ever made.

MelonCollie on February 1, 2013 at 6:58 PM

The same dufus who refused to ride in an armored SUV with 2 security personel so he could ride his bike to show how GREEN he was which caused security to now have 3 cars on the road. One to lead one to follow and one to ride alongside.

faol on February 1, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Whats wrong whichu?

Sherman1864 on February 1, 2013 at 10:14 PM

The picture looks like ‘Kill(business)roy was here’

ChuckTX on February 2, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Chu has a couple of choices here for employment but we must defer the private sector because that requires performance which is not going to happen. But deferring what will likely be a professorship allowing this failure to pound his twisted ideals into our kids heads, I’d like to list here a couple of positions Chu would be I think outstanding at:

Egg Candler

Shepherd

Second Base at Dodger Stadium

These people continue humoring themselves thinking they will be in power indefinitely. Since Obama has and continues to thumb his nose at this Nation’s laws there will be no rules of engagement should America come to blows and this dynamic is where the left truly has no idea. Even if we survive another 4 years of this monster, the left still has no idea what’s coming at them.

Tangerinesong on February 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Wondering who will replace this fool is all part of the Washington media rope-a-dope.

We should know by this time that it just doesn’t matter. The only thing we have to do is document and prosecute all flagrant violations of public trust whether they are in office or have exited. Only then will the fitness and integrity of public officials improve.

But the bigger point is that we don’t actually need this agency anyway so it is better if they get few funds, no appointments and that they do nothing to impede the economy, which will improve if left alone by ignorant pseudo-intellectual bureacrats like Chu.

virgo on February 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Not one word of worry from the “Halliburton! Halliburton!” media. Not a scintilla of interest in billions in wasted crony deals.

PattyJ on February 2, 2013 at 5:20 PM