December 15th, 2008
05:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama announces energy secretary pick

Obama announced his energy team Monday.
Obama announced his energy team Monday.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama has selected physicist Steven Chu for the position of energy secretary.

Obama made the announcement at a news conference in Chicago Monday, calling Chu "uniquely suited to be our next secretary of energy" for his work on new and cleaner forms of energy.

Chu, who runs the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory in California, won the 1997 Nobel Prize in physics and is highly respected in energy circles.


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  1. Soccer Nana

    A Nobel Prize winner, priceless!!

    December 15, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Isidoro from Germany

    and other good move! Go Barack!

    December 15, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. paul (staunch Moderate)

    What a breath of fresh air for the U.S. that we'll finally bring intelligence and science back within the federal govenment. It has been sorely lacking for a long time.

    December 15, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    I am very happy with Obama's energy "Green" team. A lot of intelligent people are on board and I am happy to see such good diversity! I hope this team works out.

    December 15, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. Steph

    Yeah for science!

    December 15, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Matt

    Racist, conspiracy-laden, fear-mongering sour grapes in 5, 4, 3....

    December 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Matt

    OH NOES!!! Not an actual scientist!!! But but but...how ever will we claim that global warming and evolution are just fabrications???? Someone quick, hand Chu a Bible and tell him to conform!!!

    December 15, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Paul

    It is a credit to President-elect Obama that finally in a position that requires the secretary to understand the Energy field that he selected the preeminent scientist who is at the forefront of transforming and implementing a new vision of green energy needs for America. His directorship of the national lab already has born fruit with world-wide reputation. We need more people like Dr. Chu to oversee the Energy field. President-elect Obama is true to word of appointing the most competent to change America.

    December 15, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. Texas Teacher

    I am so very impressed with the group of highly educated and qualified individuals of which Obama is surrounded himself. Far from the Good Old Boy Politics of the Bush administration, Obama is surrounding himself with some of the best minds in the Country! We will be getting something done in this administration besides War and padding the pockets of self and cronies! Thanks be to the Creator!

    Obama is answering to the People everyday, Mr. Blitzer, to answer your question of this moment! Let's give him a chance before jumping on his every move! Remember, we want your covering of stories, NOT the biases.... of which we heard NONE at all of the Bush administration until there was no way to avoid it! Surely we can have a little Fair and Balanced coverage of this administration from the Best News Team on the Air! :)

    December 15, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. Iowa Mom

    Another good pick!

    December 15, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Shayaa L. Hamilton

    I think Obama's choice was finally the offensive move that Americans needed to see implimented. My only question is whether the goverment is going to develope newer techhnologies for Americans to be addicted to, or would these newer technologies offer free energy, heat, water, etc...

    December 15, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. FreeNLovIt

    It's a start. Had we done the right thing, we would have been #1 in this area already. But that's okay, we will survive. We're the only country that woke up one morning and had a teenager called Steve Jobs build a PC in his garage with his friends. Apple was born and it revolutionized America.

    December 15, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. FreeNLovIt

    Yeah, for moving in the right direction. To dream about it, is the first step toward making it happen.

    December 15, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. Lesley

    This is an excellent choice. Someone new who focuses on new forms of energy and can hopefully contribute something substantial to our country's energy crisis.

    December 15, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. Karen - Missouri

    About time we have intelligence in Washington

    December 15, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. tee

    GREAT PICK.
    kEEP MAKING GREAT DECISIONS PRESIDENT OBAMA

    December 15, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. Marshall

    Matt you answered your own count down. Thanks for representing your fellow Dems in an intelligent way!

    Matt December 15th, 2008 5:30 pm ET

    OH NOES!!! Not an actual scientist!!! But but but…how ever will we claim that global warming and evolution are just fabrications???? Someone quick, hand Chu a Bible and tell him to conform!!!

    Matt December 15th, 2008 5:29 pm ET

    Racist, conspiracy-laden, fear-mongering sour grapes in 5, 4, 3….

    December 15, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  18. Matt

    And here I was hoping that we'd learn how to run our cars on shame and guilt. Guess we'll have to be satisfied with alternative fuel.

    December 15, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. FreeNLovIt

    So many things to do, so little time, let the games begin!!!

    December 15, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  20. Eric

    How DARE he!

    We can't have scientists in the government! We need bureaucrats in these positions, so they can order scientists to fudge their findings so they are in line with the administration ideology... this is unheard of!

    December 15, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. Peter (CA)

    Yes, yes, yes!

    I was beginning to fear science had been replaced in this country. With all the talk of the earth being 6000 years old and man walking with dinosaurs, I was afraid I would be required to sacrifice goats or something for the harvest.

    As Dennis Miller said-back when he was funny–"Someone should tell these people that the Flintstones was not a documentary".

    December 15, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. sketchie

    Obama is true to his words. So far I am pleased with the caliber of people in his cabinet.

    December 15, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. carol

    Yes, some more great choices from PE Obama....he sure is going to get this country working again and going in the right direction this time.
    This man has surrounded himself with some really highly qualified people in all areas, can't wait for him to become President so he can
    get all his plans started.
    What a breath of fresh air PE Obama is, smart and involved and what a job he is going to do for this country.

    December 15, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. ET

    Mr. Blitzer:

    The appointment of an Energy Secretary is a significant step in the future of our country in the next few years (or decades even). Why, when we return to the Situation Room following the announcement, are we suddenly addressing a scandal that, quite frankly, will be "old news" in a couple of months.

    You might want to turn our attention to the new energy movement, and the way it will literally change every human on the planet. Not the latest big-hair two-bit scandal.

    December 15, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Oh Great!

    Now the republicans are going to file a lawsuit claiming that Chu actually used gasoline in his vehicles while growing up, and as such isn't a true energy scientist! His principals can not possibly be genuine! Can't wait to see that one in court!

    As for me...It's good to see smart people being put in a president's administration for a change. It's what I"ve missed most these past eight years...people with intelligence and patriotism leading us!

    December 15, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
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