Barack Obama has chosen Steven Chu, the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as the new energy secretary for the incoming administration.

Among Chu’s qualifications are such small-time stuff as, say, running the Energy Department’s oldest national laboratory, being a professor in physics and MCB, and winning something called the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997.

CNN points out some Democrats are worried he might not have enough political experience. Hah.

At least it’s better having no scientific knowledge in a position that kind of demands some. We’re looking at you, Texas.

Congratulations, Chu. We know with you as energy secretary, nothing will possibly go wrong. After all, doesn’t it kind of make sense to hire a physicist when you’re faced with an energy crisis?

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Obama makes pick for energy chief, sources say [CNN]
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