Steven Chu solar quotes

‘I’ve always been inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, who articulated his Dream of an America where people are judged not by skin color but ‘by the content of their character.’ In the scientific world, people are judged by the content of their ideas. Advances are made with new insights, but the final arbitrator of any point of view are experiments that seek the unbiased truth, not information cherry picked to support a particular point of view.”

Without subsidy, solar power can hold its own against other forms of energy,” Chu said during the video chat. “We’re going further than reaching for the moon. We’re reaching for the sun. It’s important that we recognize this is now within grasp” Solar power world is a news outlet serving the solar industry.

If there is a regulation that says you have to do something—whether it be putting in seat belts, catalytic converters, clean air for coal plants, clean water—the first tack that the lawyers use, among others things, and that companies use, is that it’s going to drive the electricity bill up, drive the cost of cars up, drive everything up. It repeatedly has been demonstrated that once the engineers start thinking about it, it’s actually far less than the original estimates. We should remember that when we hear this again, because you will hear it again.”

Talk (Apr 2007) quoted in ‘Obama’s Energy and Environment Team Includes a Nobel Laureate’, Kent Garber, US News website (posted 11 Dec 2008). Steven Chu has pioneered work on solar energy, including using solar energy to convert water and carbon dioxide to usable fuel.

Suppose you had a small electrical fire and… a structural engineer [looked] at your home’s wiring [and] reports that the wiring is “shot” and there is a 50% chance that your house would burn down in the next few years unless you replace all the wiring. The job will cost $20,000… so you get an independent assessment. The next engineer agrees with the first warning. You can either continue to shop for additional evaluations until you find the one engineer in 1,000 that is willing to give you the answer you want, “Your family is not in danger” or you can change the wiring. Comparing the urgency of action on climate change to a problem with electrical wiring in a house.”

From press conference at National Press Club (17 Sep 2008), ‘Basic Research: Fueling America’s Future’. Quoted on the Science Coalition website.

As the saying goes, the Stone Age did not end because we ran out of stones; we transitioned to better solutions. The same opportunity lies before us with energy efficiency and clean energy.”

In letter (1 Feb 2013) to Energy Department employees announcing his decision not to serve a second term. Chu has repeatedly worked on both sides of the issue, both making existing energy sources more efficient, and improving clean energy technology such as solar panels.

While we cannot accurately predict the course of climate change in the coming decades, the risks we run if we don’t change our course are enormous. Prudent risk management does not equate uncertainty with inaction.”

Letter from Secretary Steven Chu to Energy Department Employees, February 01, 2013.

I think the Caribbean countries face rising oceans and they face increase in the severity of hurricanes. This is something that is very, very scary to all of us. The island states in the world represent – I remember this number – one-half of 1 percent of the carbon emissions in the world. And they will – some of them will disappear.”

“Earth Day 2009: Obama Energy Chief Lays Out Climate Doomsday Scenario”. May 20, 2009.