7.2.09

Evolving Administration

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The United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, on the nomination of Steven Chu to be Secretary of Energy with the new team driven by the now President Obama. This was a Full Committee Hearing, on Tuesday January 13, 2009.

If you choose to link to the original version, these are the key moments:

Minute Action
  • 15:51 Introductions
  • 32:09 Dr. Chu swears and gives testimony
  • 41:16 Questions and Answers

Many questions by Senate representatives insist on traditional energy sources and defense issues, traditional nuclear energy issues, and nuclear arms clean up still pending. Scroll to minute 92:00 (min 95:27 he responds commenting on-going plans and his will to get going, at the same time, referring to the changing mood in the country with respect to this topic, and the new discoveries that science can bring.
"... as a scientist I am ever optimistic about our ability to expand the boundaries of what is possible". "training, development, employment (...) improving management and program implementation, simply put, if the Department is to meet the challenges ahead, we'll have to run more efficiently and effectively. One of my first priorities will be to put together a strong leadership and management team, one that shares not only my vision for the Department, but also my commitment to improving the way that the Dept. does business. I do not underestimate the difficulty of meeting these challenges...but I remain optimistic, that we can meet them".
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