With the likely nomination of Ernest Moniz as the Secretary of Energy, President Obama has chosen invention over deployment — and R&D over job creation and carbon reduction.
The president has mentioned climate change, oil energy independence, renewable electricity manufacturing, and other goals in his speeches. But practical, concrete goals are absent in his speeches and absent in this choice.
This is the second time we might miss the mark. Hiring Nobel Prize winner Stephen Chu as first Secretary of Energy was simply a risky move. Secretary Chu is comfortable in the lab but displayed discomfort with D.C. politics — a city that is known for eating a scientist or two for breakfast.