SCANLON: Steven Chu’s legacy of waste and failure

Why scientists make poor politicians

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Daniel Roth reported in Wired magazine (May 2010) that Mr. Chu considers China “the key to America’s long-term energy future. Since the U.S. and China produce some 40 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions, Chu argues that far-reaching multicountry agreements aren’t really necessary … . It’s smarter to deal with China alone.”

Just picture it: The United States, teamed up with a government that has killed more of its own people than any other government in world history, in order to bully the rest of the world.

With Mr. Chu’s departure, we could have a new secretary of energy with real-world experience in the energy field and with sophisticated views about technology, business and dangerous nations such as China. More likely, though, we’ll get someone like Mr. Chu — someone who reminds us that the term “know it all” is usually sarcasm.

Terrence Scanlon is president of the Capital Research Center.

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