Thursday, December 11, 2008

Great News on Climate Change and Energy

President-Elect Obama is set to appoint Nobel Prize winning physicist Secretary of Energy.

For those of us in the science community wondering how to communicate the urgency of the situation to politicians and the wider community this seems to indicate that scientists who dedicate themselves to working on this issue can have an impact.

I hope it is also a sign that the Obama administration will be able to make some progress, despite the global financial and economic crisis.

Chu used to work in my field of atomic, molecular and optical physics before shifting to the top job at Lawrence Berkeley Labs to work on alternative energy sources several years ago. Some of Professor Chu's thoughts on climate change can be found here.

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