Key Questions for Steven Chu, Nominee for Secretary of Energy

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The United States Senate will soon render its advice and consent to the nomination of Steven Chu as the new secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE).

In addition to overseeing the agency’s duties conducting energy research and dealing with nuclear waste issues, a good secretary of energy also needs to stand as a secretary for energy–in favor of plentiful and affordable energy supplies for the American people and a supporter of the free market processes that work best to provide them. The federal government already has several anti-energy forces in place, particularly the Environmental Protection Agency, whose statutory duties require it to impose environmental constraints on energy production and use, especially fossil fuels, and often without regard to cost. Therefore, it is an important part of the secretary of energy’s job to act as a pro-energy counterweight to EPA rather than as a redundant anti-energy voice within the executive branch.

Question #1: Gasoline Prices

Last September you made the statement that “somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” which at the time exceeded $8.00 a gallon. As secretary of energy, will you speak for or against any measures that would raise the price of gasoline?


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