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Obama's Cabinet Picks: Energy Secretary

Obama's Cabinet Energy SecretaryAdd a new name to the list: the AP offers up former Indiana Congressman Philip Sharp. Sharp is currently serving as president of the nonpartisan, nonprofit Resources for the Future.

And in a feature titled "The New Team," The New York Times fills in the backstory of an Energy Secretary candidate first reported by the Washington Post's Steve Mufson last week: (Ret.) General James L. Jones.

Click here for more NNN coverage on who will be in the Obama Cabinet.

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Charles Barton said…
It would be highly desirable for the Energy Department to be headed by someone who had some education in engineering, economics and physics. It would nice to have an energy secretary who could spot a violation of the second law of thermodynamics in a report, or note that a discussion of energy efficiency had overlooked the impact of demand rebound after improved energy efficiency.
Anonymous said…
Charles, that would be too sensible and logical for DC. Ever get called for jury duty? I have. Never served on a single jury, got rejected every time. As soon as I told them what I did for a living, I got challenged. I finally had a bailiff clue me in: lawyers don't want smart people on a jury.

There's probably a similar rule in DC. Unless Obomba does something really surprising, we're going to get a political hack at DOE, probably a lawyer by training.
Anonymous said…
Philip Sharp looks like he knows something about nuclear energy. He headed up the 2005 MIT study.
Anonymous said…
The MIT study had blinders on about how to implement reactor designs that actually do something about the problems facing the nuclear industry. Not a good recommendation in my opinion.

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