Energy Secretary Steven Chu to resign

Energy Secretary Steven Chu is stepping down, ending a four-year tenure marked by milestones in green-energy spending along with withering attacks from Republicans and the collapse of the solar company Solyndra.

Chu announced Friday that he intends to resign once a successor is confirmed, according to a memo sent to Energy Department staff and obtained by POLITICO. He was the last of President Barack Obama’s long-serving Cabinet members to announce plans to leave or stay for the second term.

“While I will always remain dedicated to the missions of the department, I informed the president of my decision a few days after the election that Jean and I were eager to return to California,” Chu wrote in a lengthy “Dear Colleagues” letter Friday morning. “I would like to return to an academic life of teaching and research but will still work to advance the missions that we have been working on together for the last four years.

“In the short term, I plan to stay on as secretary past the ARPA-E Summit at the end of February. I may stay beyond that time so that I can leave the department in the hands of the new secretary,” he added.

Read more at Politico

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  1. Roger Mitchell says:

    Now if we could just get the keeper of the gate Valerie Jarrett to step down and take her puppet and joker ( Obama and Biden ) with her this country may just survive them all .
    All that Green money pee’ed away and then they sell of Chryslers Jeep to Fiat then to Chinia and all those jobs and they say Mitt Romney was lying about it all (: At least Mitt knew how to run a corp and make money.. China is buying this country out from under us and Obama can’t say anything who else will loan him money ?
    I just saw several months ago where a state-owned Chinese energy giant CNOOC is buying a multibillion-dollar stake in 600,000 acres of South Texas oil and gas fields, potentially testing the political waters for further expansion into U.S. energy reserves They are selling us out in D.C a little more everyday

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