In the news, reports that Steven Chu will be nominated to become the next U.S. Secretary of Energy. Chu, a physicist who won the Nobel Prize in 1997, has been Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since August, 2004.
Tom Fowler at Newswatch: Energy observes that “Saying ‘the University of California-Berkeley’ and ‘U.S. energy policy’ in the same sentence may send a chill up the spine of some in the oil patch, but they better get used to it.” Fowler has more at the link, see also the brief Houston Chronicle story.
At Gristmill, Joseph Romm is ecstatic at the announcement, saying “[Chu] would be a terrific choice for many reasons.”