Energy Secretary Steven Chu Leaving, Too
He will leave as soon as his successor gets confirmed
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2013 11:15 AM CST
Energy Secretary Steven Chu is leaving the Cabinet.   (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

(Newser) – President Obama has another Cabinet post to fill: Energy Secretary Steven Chu is stepping down as soon as a successor is confirmed by the Senate, reports Politico. Chu is a Nobel winner in physics who made green spending a priority, even if it occasionally backfired, as in the Solyndra debacle. At a policy summit yesterday, for example, Chu said he was confident that hybrids and electric cars were going to play a big role in US transportation in the coming decades, reports US News & World Report.

"We need an infrastructure for charging," he said. "We want a diverse choice for transportation other than just oil-based." His departure makes Obama's second-term shuffle even larger, given that it already includes changes at labor, treasury, transportation, the interior, secretary of state, defense, the EPA, and the CIA.

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Feb 2, 2013 10:22 AM CST
Please don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out Mr. "I want gas prices as high as Europe." Only an idiot or a far left-wing ideologue would have picked this guy. Who did that again?
Feb 1, 2013 11:47 PM CST
Feb 1, 2013 8:18 PM CST
I'm frankly amazed he lasted as long as he did in that toxic environment.