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By Staff on Mar 2, 2012 with 7 responses

Gingrich Wants Secretary of Energy Chu Fired Over High Gas Prices

In response to Republican claims that the Obama administration is not working to lower gasoline prices, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu said that the DOE is on track to lower gasoline prices through some indirect methods, including promotion of alternatives such as biofuels and electric vehicles.

Speaking at a White House hearing on the DOE’s budget, Chu said his department is making investments in technologies to improve automobile gas mileage, expand battery life for electric vehicles and develop biofuels to reduce U.S. oil imports.

“We very much want to not only slow the price, but reverse the rising cost of gasoline,” Chu said. “We definitely feel the pain that every American and every business feels when the price of gas goes up.”

Chu also said that the DOE’s long-term goal is to decrease U.S. oil imports instead of just lowering energy prices.

“No, the overall goal is to decrease our dependency on oil, to build and strengthen our economy,” Chu said. “We think that if you consider all these energy policies, including energy efficiency, we think that we can go a long way to becoming less dependent on oil and our supply, and we’ll help the American economy and the American consumers.”

Following Chu’s remark that reducing gas prices is not the “overall goal” of his agency, Republican candidate Newt Gingrich has asked President Obama to fire Steven Chu.

“Just this week, Obama’s own Energy secretary, Steven Chu, admitted what we all know is true — that the Obama Energy Department really isn’t trying to lower gasoline prices,” Gingrich said during a campaign stop in Georgia.

“President Obama must announce today in his Nashua address that he is firing Secretary Chu and replacing him with a pro-American-energy appointment. If he doesn’t, then the American people will know the president is still committed to his radical ideology, which wants to artificially raise the cost of energy,” Gingrich added.

  1. By Ben W on March 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Are you reporting on Republicans in the plural, as the headline claims, or to Newt Gingrich in the singular?

    Firing is kind of worthless as Obama will replace the foolish technocrat Chu with another foolish technocrat who will keep on trying to pick winners and losers with taxpayer money.

    • By DDP on March 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      You are right Ben, it wont matter because Obama has nothing to do with the price of gas… ie.. free market trade and privatization of energy, plus gas is a commodity.. 


    • By Samuel R. Avro on March 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      Thank you for noticing that. Headline has been corrected.

  2. By Rick Botten on March 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

    How about opening up the refineries that were shut down because the oil companies say there is no profit in keeping them running??? How about stop exporting millions of barrels of petroleum to other countries because we have a glut hear?? Its all BS people.

    • By Robert Rapier on March 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      We aren’t exporting petroleum. We are exporting finished products that are produced with 9 million barrels per day of imported petroleum. Shut those exports down and we simply won’t import the petroleum to produce them.


  3. By Muchos Huevos on March 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Open refineries not working, drill INLAND, from west Texas to North Dakota, there is a sea of oil to be drilled, also order Detroit to make NG motors, and for fuel efficiency, I know they can make those motors to get at least 100 MPG, if Mr Pogue was able to get a bit better than that back in the 30′s with a normal size car, he would be doing 300 with a volkswagen, I swear.

    • By Captain Obvious on March 5, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      We have refinery overcapacity; the easy oil is gone and the earth is NOT making more; the marketplace should decide about NG, not the “gummint”; and the Pogue carb is a lie.

      I must know: do  you have a Fuel Doctor in your car?

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