Nobel Physicist Expected to be Next Energy Secretary
President-elect Barack Obama is expected to nominate Steven Chu to head the Department of Energy in his administration.
The choice is already being hailed by many renewable energy advocates.
Mr. Chu, who currently heads the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997.
He has long pushed for better technologies to assist in the development of renewable fuels in order to reduce the earth’s carbon footprint.
Dr. Chu lists as a myth the assertion that, “We have all the technology we need to solve the energy problem; it is only a matter of political will.” As Dr. Chu puts it, “I think political will is absolutely necessary. But we need new technologies.”
He has been extremely outspoken on climate change and has transformed his Berkeley facility into a leader in renewable energy research, particularly with the development of carbon-neutral energy.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Obama may introduce his nominee as soon as Thursday.
The 60 year old Chu received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, and his doctorate degree from University of California, Berkeley.
His father, Ju Chin Chu, came from China to the United States in 1943 to continue his education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in chemical engineering, while his mother arrived a few years later to study economics.