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Washington - Feb. 1
1. SOUNDBITE: Jay Carney White House Press Secretary
- you probably have in your inbox a statement from the president on Secretary Steven Chu's departure. As you know, the president -- if you've read it -- thanks Secretary Chu for his dedicated service on behalf of the American people. As a Nobel Prize-winning physicist or scientist, Steve brought to the Energy Department a unique understanding of both the urgent challenge presented by climate change and the tremendous opportunity that clean energy represents for our country.
This, again, is the president speaking. "During his time as secretary, Steve helped my administration move America towards real energy independence. Over the past four years, we have doubled the use of renewable energy, dramatically reduced our dependence our foreign oil, and put our country on a path to win the global race for clean-energy jobs."
2. File of Chu
Energy Secretary Steven Chu is stepping down.
The Energy Department said Friday Chu has offered his resignation to President Barack Obama. Chu won a Nobel Prize in physics but came under questioning for his handling of a solar energy loan.
Chu is a former director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He drew fire from Republicans who criticized his handling of a $528 million federal loan to solar panel maker Solyndra, which later went bankrupt, laying off its 1,100 workers.
The White House said Chu retained Obama's confidence, but Chu was widely expected to leave following Obama's re-election last fall.