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

(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.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu is leaving the Cabinet.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu is leaving the Cabinet.   (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
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