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NEI Statement in Response to Resignation of Energy Secretary Steven Chu
The following statement can be attributed to NEI President and CEO Marv Fertel: “The nuclear energy industry extends our thanks to Secretary Chu for his service to the nation and our best wishes to him and his family in his future endeavors. “The industry greatly appreciates Secretary Chu’s strong belief...
Fri, Feb 1 2013
DOE Secretary Steven Chu to Resign
Politico has the story : Energy Secretary Steven Chu is stepping down, ending a four-year tenure marked by milestones in green-energy spending along with withering attacks from Republicans and the collapse of the solar company Solyndra. Chu announced Friday that he intends to resign once a successor...
Fri, Feb 1 2013
Changing Minds in Subtle Ways
Energy Secretary Steven Chu wants you to know: “The rise of automobiles was driven by environmental pollution,” Chu said, explaining that horse manure had become a major problem in urban streets like New York City. “Carbon dioxide now is like horse manure then” — except, Chu noted, that carbon dioxide...
Wed, Sep 28 2011
Steven Chu on the Sunday Morning Shows
Energy Secretary Steven Chu made the rounds of the morning shows today – virtually all of them – to talk about the Fukushima Daiichi and its implications for the American nuclear energy industry. Let’s see what the lead is in the first coverage of his appearances: From Bloomburg: U.S. Energy Secretary...
Sun, Mar 20 2011
The New Millennium Nuclear Energy Summit
The Third Way, a policy organization in Washington, held a conference yesterday called the New Millennium Nuclear Energy Summit , which proved to be exceptionally consequential . Energy Secretary Steven Chu called for nuclear power to be part of the mix as the nation moves toward mandating that power...
Wed, Dec 8 2010
More Political Than Scientific
We’re not going to say the cat’s out of the bag or anything like that, be we were surprised to read this in the Wall Street Journal, with the paper’s Robert Thompson listening to Energy Secretary Steven Chu: Well, it's fair to say that the whole history of Yucca Mountain was more political than scientific...
Mon, Mar 8 2010
Why Not Yucca Mountain?
That question reverberated through a couple of hearings about the Department of Energy’s 2011 budget request and, up to now, has not received a very adequate answer. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has took a stab at it this week. At the House Science and Natural Resources committee yesterday and at...
Thu, Mar 4 2010
CBO Director on Loan Guarantees for New Nuclear Plants
The Congressional Budget Office’s Director, Douglas Elmendorf , provided some important insight into how loan guarantees are assessed in the US government’s budget . For those who have been following the 50 percent default rate argument that nuclear critics have been making , CBO makes clear that the...
Thu, Mar 4 2010
The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future Arrives
And that’s what they’re calling it: The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. Announced today during a telephone conference with Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Presidential Advisor Carol Browner, the commission’s charge is to provide recommendations for developing a safe, long-term solution...
Fri, Jan 29 2010
Steven Chu and The Senators
Secretary Steven Chu was on Capitol Hill yesterday talking to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee. The discussion was wide ranging, but there’s no question the nuclear sections were the most pointed, especially notable in that Chu did not mention nuclear energy in his opening comments....
Fri, Jan 22 2010
A Few Word from Steven Chu
While President Obama pulled duty in New Orleans the other day, as we reported in the post below, Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu is in Paris speaking to a meeting of the International Energy Agency. You can decide who pulled the better duty. Chu and the energy ministers are all jockeying for...
Fri, Oct 16 2009
USEC Gets a Reprieve
Or even wins. Note the two posts about USEC below – it’s all about the company’s American Centrifuge project and DOE’s rejection of its loan guarantee application to move it to the next stage – and USEC’s almost ferocious response to that rejection. And now, DOE issues a press release : The Department...
Wed, Aug 5 2009
Meet the Governors: Dr. Chu Goes West
Well, actually, he came from the west, so this isn’t a case of a Washington tenderfoot having to adapt to the rough-and-ready ways of our cowboy politicians out west – not that we don’t enjoy the cliche-laden image of it anyway. In fact, Energy Secretary Steven Chu is visiting the Western Governors Association...
Mon, Jun 15 2009
Chu: Nuclear Must Be Part of Energy Mix
Not our headline – that of the AP story that covers Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s testimony before the Senate Budget Committee. A lot of the Senators there had no intention of letting nuclear energy slip away as a priority and Chu reassured them that it won’t. Some money quotes: "I believe in nuclear...
Wed, Mar 11 2009
Secretary Chu Discusses Nuclear Energy on Charlie Rose
A tip of the hat to an anonymous NNN reader for passing along Energy Secretary Chu's appearance on the Charlie Rose Show last night. (See what you miss when you go to bed early?) The nuclear-related nugget appears at the 18:10 - 19:34 mark of the interview . (I do recommend watching the video, as...
Tue, Mar 10 2009
John McCain and Steven Chu on Yucca Mountain
Here is a transcript of the testimony from yesterday’s hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources. The intent of the hearing was to discuss energy R&D, and mostly concerned that issue, but with DOE Secretary Steven Chu present, several of the Senators let their displeasure known about the scaling...
Fri, Mar 6 2009
No Plans From Chu to Stop Progress on Yucca Mountain
From the Las Vegas Review Journal : Energy Secretary Steven Chu told a group of state officials Wednesday he favors moving toward licensing a nuclear waste repository in Nevada, although whether it would ever be built is another thing altogether. ... The proceedings would continue for the government...
Thu, Feb 19 2009
Steven Chu's Nuclear Support: Daily Kos, Mother Jones Respond
At the risk of engaging in omphaloskepsis (?!), Daily Kos and Mother Jones (?!) have picked up our post on Steven Chu's confirmation hearing for Secretary of Energy. The posts by Markos Moulitsas and Kevin Drum have led to a spirited debate; eliciting supportive comments in two of the least likely...
Thu, Jan 15 2009
Steven Chu and The Perfect Storm
First, consider that Steven Chu’s confirmation hearing yesterday (you can watch the whole thing at this link – it’s a little over two hours) was moved to a bigger room. While we suspect that Hilary Clinton’s hearing, happening at the same time, got the marquee space, the interest in Chu’s testimony was...
Wed, Jan 14 2009
Steven Chu Energy Secretary Confirmation Hearing
If you're a proponent of nuclear energy in the United States, I'm not sure that Steven Chu 's testimony from today's Senate confirmation hearing for Secretary of Energy could be any more encouraging. Excerpts from a rush transcript are below. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): Let me ask you...
Tue, Jan 13 2009
Legends and Facts: Steven Chu on Nuclear Energy
So how is Steven Chu playing as the purported candidate for Department of Energy secretary? Before we look at the developing narrative, let's remember the lesson of John Ford's movie The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance . Here's the question: Did Senator Ransom Stoddard begin his sterling Senatorial...
Fri, Dec 12 2008
NBC Reports Energy Secretary, EPA Chief
NBC's First Read has the story first: From NBC's Savannah Guthrie Obama will name Steven Chu his choice for Energy secretary, Lisa Jackson for EPA administrator and Carol Browner as energy "czar" reporting to the president. It is unclear whether the Browner position is cabinet level...
Wed, Dec 10 2008
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