Disturbing suggestions re: Chu replacement

Thursday, November 22, 2012
 | 
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

An energy policy analyst is concerned with one of the potential replacements for Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

Several organizations and news outlets are reporting the notion that President Obama will be replacing Steven Chu. Politico, for instance, thinks the entire Obama energy team may be shuffled.

Secretary Chu has specifically been heavily criticized for comments he made in 2008 about the need for U.S. gas prices to be on the same level as Europe. More recently, Chu has stated that he does not own a car, though The Daily Caller  reports that his wife does -- a 2002 BMW 325i, complete with a six-cylinder engine that requires premium gasoline.

Meanwhile, the half-billion-dollar loan guarantee to now bankrupt Solyndra still remains fresh on the minds of Americans.

Possible Chu replacements reportedly include Obama supporters like Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers and Kathleen McGinty, the Clinton-era chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Cathy Zoi, former CEO of Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection, could also be in the running.

Wismer, Emily (IWF)Emily Wismer, policy analyst for the Independent Women's Forum (IWF), is not fond of that idea.

"Cathy Zoi would probably be the most concerning, given her history of being very anti-private sector growth and her focus on industries that are less sustainable in the long-run," Wismer notes.

In addition to working with Gore, Zoi is also the former assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy. But her current employer, Silver Lake Kraftwerk, has ties to left-leaning billionaire George Soros -- another connection that may not set well with some conservatives and Republicans.

"Anytime that you have a replacement process, there [are] a lot of ups and downs, and they'll go through the complete process of deciding that. But the person that concerns me the most would probably be Zoi," Wismer states.

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What factor in the 'Brexit' vote most closely aligns with the concerns expressed by Donald Trump?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Certainty Obama once had about Britain has been shattered
Latest: Death toll from WV flood up to 24
Reports: Authorities feared terrorism, explosives at Pulse
Latest: Portugal beats Croatia 1-0 in extra time
Indianapolis Colts owner buys Prince's Yellow Cloud guitar
Behind the support for Brexit, Trump: Economic resentment
Obama loses reliable partner, faces uncertainty after Brexit

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Bill Maher on Brexit: Is it really xenophobia if there's something to fear?
George Will: I'm leaving GOP because of Trump
Brexit remorse? UK lawmaker calls for Parliament to ignore EU referendum as millions call for 2nd vote
'Gay marriage' ruling 'like a shot of heroin in the leftist vein'
Lawsuit seeks to unbind RNC delegates from backing Trump

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Egyptian protest 'not going to last'

A national defense activist and expert on the Middle East doesn't think protesters will successfully quell Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi's power grab.