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It appears that, in the incoming Obama administration, it will be hard to tell the difference between the people making energy policy and the people making environmental policy. Which means that we will be fortunate to be governed by people who know that the two are one and the same. The fatal flaw of American leadership, such as it was, over the past 30 years has been the idea that the goal of building up an adequate and secure energy supply is at cross-purposes with the goal of preserving a clean and sustainable environment. Nothing could be further from the truth. And that is a truth realized by the appointment by President-elect Barack Obama of four leaders of his energy/environment team. The choices show an understanding that if we crack one nut, we’ll have cracked them both. It is a team that continues a somewhat controversial streak of bringing back high-ranking officials of the Clinton administration, but it goes on to do the Clintonistas one better. While one Clinton administration official — Vice President Al Gore — was awarded a Nobel Prize seven years after leaving office, Obama’s team will begin its administration with a Nobel Laureate in the Cabinet. That would be Energy Secretary-designate Steven Chu, Ph. D., administrator of the Energy Department’s top-drawer Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California, where he is also a professor of physics and biology. He shared the Nobel in 1997 for figuring out how to cool and trap atoms with laser light. In recent years, though, he has turned his attention to finding new sources of energy to curb global climate change. On resume paper, at least, Chu recalls the statement by President John F. Kennedy, who greeted a gathering of Nobel Prize winners by saying it was the most brain power ever assembled at the White House, except for the days that Thomas Jefferson dined alone. That doesn’t mean Chu, a Washington outsider with no political background, will be a success in running the bureaucracy of a Cabinet department. But he won’t be dining alone. Obama is also bringing back Carol Browner, who ran the Environmental Protection Agency for the whole of the Clinton administration, as White House energy boss. And Browner will bring along two of her former EPA staffers, Lisa Jackson, to run that agency, and Nancy Sutley, to run the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Giving someone with a long environmental background the White House energy portfolio shows that, even if Obama doesn’t have the answer, he grasps the question. Huge portions of our environmental woes, from old-fashioned water pollution to new-age climate change, stem from our dependence on what are essentially 19th century energy models — drilling, mining, burning and breathing hydrocarbons. And every proposed remedy to that problem has been strenuously, and often honestly, opposed by fears that cutting back on those habits can only lead to economic ruin. Obama, on the other hand, has shown that he understands the need to grow the economy, not kneecap it, by embracing whole new models of energy production. Now it will be up to deep thinkers like Chu, and policy experts like Browner, to make that understanding a reality.

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It is a team that continues a somewhat controversial streak of bringing back high-ranking officials of the Clinton administration, but it goes on to do the Clintonistas one better. While one Clinton administration official - Vice President Al Gore - was awarded a Nobel Prize seven years after leaving office, Obama’s team will begin its administration with a Nobel Laureate in the Cabinet. That would be Energy Secretary-designate Steven Chu, Ph. D., administrator of the Energy Department’s top-drawer Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California, where he is also a professor of physics and biology. He shared the Nobel in 1997 for figuring out how to cool and trap atoms with laser light. In recent years, though, he has turned his attention to finding new sources of energy to curb global climate change. On resume paper, at least, Chu recalls the statement by President John F. Kennedy, who greeted a gathering of Nobel Prize winners by saying it was the most brain power ever assembled at the White House, except for the days that Thomas Jefferson dined alone. That doesn’t mean Chu, a Washington outsider with no political background, will be a success in running the bureaucracy of a Cabinet department. But he won’t be dining alone.


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