Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Chu seems to me to be a great choice for Energy Secretary. First, he’s brilliant and has brilliant credentials. Second, he’s got the sound views. Watch him talking:
Unfortunately, the Department of Energy isn’t actually the policy juggernaut one might think it is. In the real world, the department’s responsibilities are pretty limited, and a lot of them relate to our nuclear weapons arsenal rather than energy policy as such. Still, insofar as a lot of what cabinet secretaries do is use the bully pulpit on their key issues, Chu should be a force for good.