1997 Physics Nobel prize laureate Steven Chu has been sworn in as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, PhysicsWorld reports. In previous news about this nomination, I had already felt that this is a strong indication of the seriousness with which President Obama is taking the issues his administration faces.
According to this earlier article also in PhysicsWorld from December 15,
Unlike some in the outgoing Bush administration, Chu is a firm believer that humans are damaging the Earth’s climate. Indeed, he believes that climate change scenarios laid out in 2007 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change may be on the conservative side.
Excellent! An unbiased top scientist’s opinion! That’s exactly the kind of people we need taking decisions about these issues, not career politicians! And he doesn’t have bad political skills either. I really like this quote:
“Just as in the Second World War, when there were scientists who worked on radar or the bomb because they felt there was an emergency, so there are scientists today who want to work on the energy problem”.
It’s satisfying to see our emergencies becoming so much more constructive.