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
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.
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
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.