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.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.
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.
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]