Thursday, February 7, 2013
Chu Resigns But Hopefully His Vision Stays
Energy Secretary Chu is resigning but hopefully his great vision and support of a clean energy future does not go with him. Chu has done some very positive things, so it's a bit of a bummer that he is leaving.
He is a stalwart and smart scientist (A Nobel Laurette, hello!) who knows the urgency of a clean energy future. He avoids rhetoric and makes decisions based on science. How refreshing.
Chu simply had to deal with so many shameful deniers and short-sighted Republicans, who put everything into making his job, and his boss's job, difficult. According to the Huffington Post, only 1% of clean energy programs under Chu went bankrupt, like the infamous Solyndra, yet the 99% get so little attention.
Instead, we get things like this: "'Good riddance,' declared the Climate Depot blog in response to Chu's announced departure. The site is run by the right-wing Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow, which aggressively challenges basic climate science," according to Huff Post.
Chu saw where the world was going and tried to put the US on a path to a clean energy future. He knew what was at stake with all his heart.
"Those who will suffer the most are the people who are the most innocent: the world’s poorest citizens and those yet to be born," Chu said.
Hopefully, Chu has helped kick start a self-perpetuating machine, that is a US clean energy industry that eventually will win out on indefensible grounds -- it's just better business (think far fewer dangerous and climate changing costs than dirty energy), and it is simply better for the health and security of Americans everywhere, especially children.
Posted by Mike Misner at 4:24 PM