The Corner

Congratulations to Steven Chu

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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