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.
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