Steven Chu was confirmed on January 20, 2009 as Secretary of Energy. Chu is a Nobel laureate physicist and was formerly Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). He has been one of the country’s most outspoken advocates for scientific solutions to global warming and the need for carbon-neutral renewable sources of energy. He has called these problems the “greatest challenge facing science” and has worked to rally the world’s top scientists to address it.
As Director of Berkeley Lab, Chu focused scientific resources on energy security and global climate change while at the same time maintaining the lab’s leadership role in energy-efficient technologies and climate science. In speeches around the work,he has noted that climate change brings about dire consequences for all people, but especially those who are poor. The American Association of Blacks in Energy congratulates Mr. Chu on his nomination and looks forward to working with him and the Department of Energy to develop solutions to our country’s most pressing energy challenges.