The Secretary of the Department of Energy, Steven Chu, gave the commencement address at CalTech on Friday, and electric vehicle advocates could find something to cheer about from his words of advice to the Class of 2009. Plug-in supporter Paul Scott went to the ceremony, and was happy ot hear Chu say that we needed to prepare for the "inevitable transition to electricity as the energy for our personal transportation." Scott writes:
While most may have missed the importance of this comment, it meant everything to me. Those at the top of the Obama administration understand the need to move from dirty fossil fuels to renewable electricity, and their efforts so far show they are serious.

Chu's defunding, at the federal level, of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle means he knows we need to put our efforts toward solutions that are ready now, not some expensive, inefficient technology that requires us to continue buying our energy from oil companies
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At a graduation speech at Harvard earlier this month, Chu also briefly mentioned about the future of alternative energy in vehicles. During that speech, he said, "Advanced bio-fuels and the electrification of personal vehicles make us less dependent on foreign oil." Hydrogen? Not a mention.

During the CalTech ceremony, the school announced the creation of the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech, which will "provide a path to sustainability by focusing on innovative science and engineering developments required for groundbreaking energy technologies." You can watch Chu's speech by going here.

[Source: Paul Scott, DOE]

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