Steven Chu to leave Department of Energy?


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.

More at Hot Air, which notes that Dr. Chu has been distinctly subpar as Secretary of Energy ( the man doesn’t understand either politics or finance, which is not unexpected, but also why we don’t normally pick scientists for these positions).  As for a replacement, the answer is obvious: Senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. While a Democrat, she’s a strong supporter of both the Keystone pipeline and hydraulic fracking, and frankly what we need now is a Secretary of Energy with some sort of practical background in energy production.  At the very least, we need one who might, perhaps, have a better chance to not actually waste the $30B annual budget that we give Energy every  year.  I think that we’re quite done with having all of these Solyndra-level debacles all of the time, correct? (more…)


#rsrh Heidi Heitkamp (D CAND, ND-SEN): not yet ready for prime-time.

There are a number of unkind things that I could say about Ms. Heitkamp’s appearance and manner in this video, but I shall refrain and merely note: this is not really a great way to present your message. From Revealing Politics:

You know, I saw a lot of Democratic candidates and legislators in 2010 hunker down and stolidly ignore questions and inquiries from folks with cameras. And I’d like to note that whichever consultants counseled said candidates and legislators to pursue that strategy should be fired, because as it turned out, so were a lot of the people that the consultants were so counseling. Because – as the above video shows – there’s no way to physically look good while running away.

Via @BenHowe.

Moe Lane

PS: Rick Berg for Senate.

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