Obama Energy Sec. Steven Chu Resigns

The third shoe has finally dropped (if that’s even a legitimate metaphor!). Obama’s Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, has resigned. You may recall MDN reported early on that the three Obama cabinet members who most directly affect shale drilling—Chu, EPA chief Lisa Jackson and Dept. of Interior Sec. Ken Salazar were all rumored to be departing a second Obama term (see 3 Top Officials Rumored to be Leaving Obama Administration).

Of the three, Chu was the one rumormongers were most sure about. Yet Jackson was the first to go, and Salazar the second. On Friday, Chu announced he too would depart. His tenure at Energy has been marked by crony capitalism with the government handing out big big money to politically-connected Obama donors—Solyndra being the most famous example. It’s “so long and don’t let the door hit you on the way out” to Sec. Chu…

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