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Congratulations to Steven Chu



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All too often conservatives have been critical of the performance of various Obama administration officials, failing to give credit where credit is due.

After pumping billions of dollars into solar-energy boondoggles, promoting the purchase of electric clown cars that nobody wants, mothballing the Keystone XL Pipeline, suffocating off-shore oil exploration — particularly in the Gulf and the Alaskan Coast, stifling fracking and slowing the approval of oil leases to a crawl, the Energy Department has been steadily moving toward achieving a goal set by the administration from the outset of this presidency: In 2008, soon-to-be Energy Secretary Steven Chu said that this country needed to figure out “how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”

This morning, I spent $78.67 filling up my Jeep, which still had nearly a quarter tank of gas remaining at the time I pulled into the station. Although dwarfed by what friends in other parts of the country have paid, that’s the most I’ve ever spent on a single fill-up.

Kudos. With just a bit more effort, Secretary Chu’s vision may soon become reality.



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