The White House announced the resignation of Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Friday morning. Chu’s term of service in the office of Energy Secretary has been marked with significant contraversy as a result of his decisions to encourage the distribution of government funds to companies such as the failed “green energy” company, Solyndra, as well as his polarizing statement prior to taking the office – “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline [in the United States] to the levels in Europe.” Gas prices in Europe at that time were between $9 and $10 a gallon.
Chu stated in a letter to his collegues, “I would like to return to an academic life of teaching and research but will still work to advance the missions that we have been working on together for the last four years.”
A successor to Chu has yet to be named, but various sources suggest to the Daily Broward that former North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan is a significant frontrunner for the post. In 1997, Chu was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics for his research on the cooling and trapping of atoms with laser light. He was appointed to his post as United States Secretary of Energy in 2009