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Energy Secretary Chu to leave Obama administration

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Energy Secretary Steven Chu, whose stormy tenure was marred by his support for loans to Solyndra before the solar-panel maker went bankrupt, will announce his departure from the Obama administration as soon as next week.

Bloomberg news, citing two sources, said a replacement for Mr. Chu has not been identified.

His departure will leave the administration with multiple vacancies in top administration jobs dealing with energy policy. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson also are leaving.

Mr. Chu, who said in 2008 that gas prices in the U.S. should rise to European levels to encourage fuel efficiency, faced criticism through much of Mr. Obama’s first term over his support of Solyndra’s $535 million U.S. loan guarantee and other clean-energy projects.

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Dave Boyer

Dave Boyer is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times. A native of Allentown, Pa., Boyer worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2002 to 2011 and also has covered Congress for the Times. He is a graduate of Penn State University. Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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