July 7, 2009
-- President Obama remains in Moscow, where he will deliver the commencement address for the 16th class of the private New Economic School. At the graduate school, Obama will outline his vision for U.S.-Russia relations. He will also meet during the day with Russian political and business leaders, beginning with a breakfast at Prime Minister Vladimir Putin 's dacha. -- Vice President Biden reveals the key findings of the administration's working group on food safety in an afternoon meeting at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
January 14, 2009 |
Steven Chu, President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for Energy secretary, presented strong views yesterday on the need to combat climate change while delicately handling questions from senators about his past criticism of coal use, endorsement of gasoline taxes and embrace of a cap-and-trade system for limiting greenhouse gas emissions. "It is now clear that if we continue on our current path, we run the risk of dramatic, disruptive changes to our climate in the lifetimes of our children and grandchildren," he said in...
November 11, 2011
Steven Chu U.S. Energy secretary An excerpt from Washington Post Live's recent Smart Energy conference. There's a huge opportunity before us: a global clean-energy market that's already worth an estimated $240 billion a year and growing rapidly. In fact, a very reasonable estimate, perhaps even conservative, is that solar photovoltaic systems alone represent a global market today of more than $80 billion a year. Eighty billion dollars is a lot of money. It's about as much as we...
December 11, 2008 |
President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who heads the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, to be the next energy secretary, and he has picked veteran regulators from diverse backgrounds to fill three other key jobs on his environmental and climate-change team, Democratic sources said yesterday. Obama plans to name Carol M. Browner, Environmental Protection Agency administrator for eight years under President Bill Clinton, to fill a new White House post overseeing energy,...
January 19, 2009 |
It must be in the genes. Barack Obama 's half sister Maya Soetoro-Ng got the rock-star treatment -- packed room, cell-cams hoisted above heads -- at the Asia Society's inaugural reception at the St. Regis Saturday and held the spotlight well. Steady gaze, calm resonant voice, nice way with a quip ("Delighted to be in Washington, other than the cold: I'm a bird of the tropics"). And smooth : As the Hawaii-based teacher paid tribute to the Asia Society for helping her find grounding as an...
April 16, 2009 |
Steven Chu has likened his arrival in Washington as President Obama's energy secretary to being thrown into the deep end of the pool -- and he boasted this week that he hadn't yet drowned. The Nobel Prize-winning physicist and PhD moved from running a research lab in California to taking over a sprawling federal agency with a $70 billion annual budget and 114,000 employees. "I still have my head above water," he joked in a wide-ranging interview in his office. His expertise is in...