New leadership at DOE?
In fact, Chu has faced retirement rumors throughout his tenure. A Nobel Prize-winning physicist, he has seemed ill-prepared to deal with a harsh political environment where congressional grilling sessions have been as much a part of his job as cutting-edge science.
If he leaves, as expected, energy policy observers say Obama will replace him with someone with more of a political background. Among the top possibilities: former North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan (D); former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D); Center for American Progress President John Podesta; and Duke Energy Corp. CEO Jim Rogers (Greenwire, Nov. 1).