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Exclusive: DOE corruption—appointed and elected officials should face prison time

kenneth416 Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 11:53 AM
I have difficulty believing that Secretary Chu is corrupt. I do believe that he is a brilliant scientist and a terrible administrator who should never have been appointed Secretary of Energy. He should be in a lab somewhere, perhaps at Los Alamos, where he would be provided with whatever resources he finds desireable and allowed to experiment with whatever interests him. If either of the 2 companies have evidence of criminality, let them bring specific charges in federal court.
Richard31 Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 2:50 PM
Perhaps not corrupt - in the sense of being dishonest for personal gain: there is no evidence either way at this time. But definitely not a scientist, for which we have abundant evidence.

A scientist believes in having quality data on which to found theories. Chu believes in only those weather stations that show temperature increases - every one of them due to non-weather forces (air conditioners, jet exhausts, paving over of grass, etc.). A scientist believes in quality analysis. Chu believes in computer models that have no relation to reality - they cannot "predict" the past, much less the present or the future.
westriversd Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 1:30 PM
According to the article, they have brought suit.
Marita Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 4:13 PM
They have brought suit. There is a link to the document in the column.
Earle10 Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 12:05 PM
You can take the academics out of the Academic Lounge, but you cannot take the failure, favoritism, and intellectual conceit out of the academic. The entirety of the politics in academia is replete with cronyism and corruption. You are correct that Chu needs to return to where his lifetime of learned practices are shielded from failure.

An exhaustive review of 350+ pages of leaked emails regarding the Obama administration’s handling of the various green-energy loan and grant programs makes several things very clear: they lied, engaged in favoritism, and rushed application approvals to suit the political agenda of the White House. At the same time, worthy projects that went through a complete due diligence process were denied or ultimately withdrawn, as the lengthy approval process “taxed investors’ patience”—as was the case with Aptera Motors, which worked closely with the DOE for two years.

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