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Don't Let the Door Hit You on Your Way Out, Energy Secretary Chu

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Just cents on the taxpayer "investment" dollar

Energy Secretary Steven Chu is jumping ship, ah, leaving the Obama administration to spend more time with his family, or maybe to cash in on his Federal government experience, or …whatever. The Washington Post reports that in his departure letter to the DOE staff Chu writes: "I came with dreams and am leaving with a set of accomplishments that we should all be proud of." Can you say, "Solyndra?"

In any case, to mark Chu's departure, the free market Institute for Energy Research is sending around this missive from its Senior Vice President Daniel Kish:

"As Secretary Steven Chu leaves the Department of Energy, it is important to measure his tenure by his record. Under his watch, energy consumption in the United States declined by 2.24 percent while our leading economic competitor, China, increased energy consumption by 28 percent. Similarly, GDP growth in the United States has limped along at the anemic annual rate of 0.6 percent while China's economy has soared at the annual rate of 9.12 percent, more than 15 times our own. Clearly, the policies and priorities of Steven Chu's energy department have benefitted our global competitors and intensified the economic pain felt by millions of unemployed Americans."

That's not completely fair since not everything that went wrong with our economy during the past four years can be blamed on just Secretary Chu.

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  1. The Department of Energy should not exist.

    1. This, too.

    2. How else would hillbillies have ever gotten power?

  2. Moreover, who gives a fuck what China is doing? If China’s central planners decided to expand left handed scissor production by 1E6 % should we do the same?

    Sure, Chu is a buffoon, but the data they are using to back up their assertion is meaningless.

    1. I think they just wanted to use something to club Chu that the plain folk could grok?

      1. Fuck the hoi polloi. They buy nickelback albums.

        1. True….anyone who does that should be clubbed themselves.

          1. Wouldn’t that be more like anybody who buys albums needs to be clubbed?

            I mean seriously who the hell pays for music today? But even if you are going to pay for it why would you bother buying a prepackaged plastic disk when you can pay $10 a month to Spotify and get all the music you could ever want or just pay $0.99 (or less) and just download the tracks you wanted.

  3. That’s not completely fair since not everything that went wrong with our economy during the past four years can be blamed on just Secretary Chu.

    Three’s also not a causal relationship between any fact he stated and it’s easier for a smaller economy to grow by a larger percentage than a much larger one. I think Chu has been nothing but abysmal, but let’s be fair in our rhetoric and not play the mendacious word games of our political opponents.

    1. ms: I did (somewhat sarcastically) note that IER’s criticism is “not completely fair.”

      1. And I quoted you. I was more adding on to what you said rather than finding fault with it.

      2. Oh, I can see now where you would think that was a response to you as opposed to adding on to the letter you quoted, which was not my intent.

  4. “As Secretary Steven Chu leaves the Department of Energy, it is important to measure his tenure by his record. Under his watch, energy consumption in the United States declined by 2.24 percent while our leading economic competitor, China, increased energy consumption by 28 percent.

    The fuck does that mean? China, despite its solar panels and green choo-choos still has the worst pollution in the industrialized world. If they want to throw billions of dollars chasing green tech waterfalls let them.

    You’d think if the goal was to increase usage of solar panels they’d let the Chinese flood the market with them and lower the prices so they’re more affordable.

    1. I’m not sure that shuttering business is the optimal way to cause energy consumption to decline.

      1. Huh, I quoted the wrong article.

  5. “Three’s also not a causal relationship between”

    One is the Loneliest Number?

    1. I’m glad somebody understands what I’m trying to say.

  6. Don’t Let the Door Hit You Chu on Your Way Out, Energy Secretary Chu Mr Secretary

    Fixed that for you, Bailey. How hard could that have been?

    1. It’s pretty good.

    2. A: Hits forehead with palm of hand. Oh!

    3. Say, you have some talent at that – do you work for the NY Post by chance?

  7. You mean there’s like a correlation between energy use and economic growth?

    Almost as if, I dunno, when you use energy to like make stuff and stuff, your economy grows? And if you discourage the use of energy you don’t like make as much stuff and your economy doesn’t grow?

    Nah! Correlation is not causation.

  8. Under his watch, energy consumption in the United States declined by 2.24 percent

    How can this be true? Our most scumbaggy griefer troll on the site whose name will not be mentioned by me keeps saying the exact opposite.

    1. If you’re referring to Shrike, he generally points to increased energy production, not consumption. No reason the two can’t move in opposite directions.

      1. In this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics.

  9. “Under his watch, energy consumption in the United States declined by 2.24 percent while our leading economic competitor, China, increased energy consumption by 28 percent…”

    So what does that tell us about anything? Should I be leaving my lights on 24/7 and plugging extraneous appliances into all my household outlets, for FREEDOM?

    1. And yes, I do know what he’s trying to get at, but it’s really stupid to make the case as if the energy-use numbers are important in and of themselves, rather than an indicator of something (i.e. manufacturing growth) that doesn’t lend itself to an easy swing at the guy who happens to be in the news today.

    2. I only do that on Earth Day.

    3. Well yeah, according to Krugman that causes to Grow and is therefore a good thing.

      1. Err causes GDP to grow that is

        1. Your first statement made no less sense than the fixed statement or anything else Krugabe says.

  10. They even auctioned the auction? What a disaster.

  11. Doo-DO doo, DO-do Doo, Doo do-DOO, do do-DOO
    What I like about Chu
    He’s all about green
    Safe, renewable energy
    Is what makes me cream

    Republicans whispering in my ear
    Talking smack about his career
    Solyndra’s through
    But that’s not the fault of Chu!

    1. Without Chu, there’s no change
      The days and nights are grey
      If I reached out and touched the rain
      It just wouldn’t be the same

      Without Chu, I’d be lost
      Our energy use would drop
      We’d slide down so low
      My efficiency wouldn’t grow

      Without Chu, without Chu,
      A sailor lost at sea
      Without Chu, humans
      Will be at minimum efficiency

      Without Chu in our life
      The environment withers and dies
      Without Chu by my side
      It’s like not being alive

      Without Chu, my hope is small
      We were doomed all along
      It’s like you’re fired – deep inside
      I know it will turn out wrong

      You’re the reason the sun shines down
      And the nights, they don’t grow cold
      Without you as Energy Secretary Secretary
      The earth will die and get old

      Without Chu, without Chu…

  12. Though you might want to add, that with 28% more consumption you also get the nicest smog you can immagine. 2.5 pm of the charts. I can tell you, it’s been no fun the last two weeks in Beijing.

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