Feb 23 2009
As if we needed any more evidence that the Obama administration is woefully in over their heads and winging it (badly), we get some stunning comments out of Energy Secretary Chu, who seems to be admitting he has no clue what he is supposed to be doing:
Mr. Chu said Thursday he feels “like I’ve been dumped into the deep end of the pool” in confronting questions about oil policy, such as whether the administration would consider delaying scheduled deliveries of oil this spring to the nation’s strategic petroleum reserves.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu — whose agency has long taken the lead on global oil-market policy — said Thursday he doesn’t know what the Obama administration would urge the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to do at its meeting next month.
“I’m not the administration,” Mr. Chu said during a meeting with reporters Thursday. OPEC members are scheduled to meet March 15 to discuss the possibility of production cuts to respond to slumping prices. “I will be speaking and learning more about this in order to figure out what the U.S. position should be and what the president’s position is,” Mr. Chu said.
Mr. Chu declined to offer an opinion on whether OPEC should cut production, saying the issue was “not in my domain.” He later told reporters on a conference call that his response to the question reflected “more of my naivetÃ© than anything else.“
Chu is supposed to be advising the President on issues of energy, not learning what these issues are all about. Is he just a puppet, being pulled by a puppet master behind the scenes? I keep getting the feeling that we are dealing with people in the Obama administration who have a 3rd grade level of comprehension on how things work in these huge, complex arenas like energy and health care.
One thing Chu is sure about is the end of the world due to global warming (if it ever appears). Talking about living in a fantasy world.
Addendum: Maybe it would be best if Secretary Chu-less convened a meeting of the key industry representatives in the energy sector to collect and collate their ideas and recommendations. You know, like VP Cheney did when he helped craft the Bush energy policies which Congress neglected for 8 years. Or maybe he should just read up on the Bush energy policies to save himself a lot of time.