From: Chicago Tribune
Published December 16, 2008 08:44 AM

Obama's environment choices send a message

Administration 'will value science,' president-elect says in nominating Nobel laureate for energy chief

WASHINGTONテ「竄ャ”抔ith the nomination of Nobel Prize-winning physicistテつSteven Chuテつfor energy secretary, President-electテつBarack Obamaテつmade sure no one missed the message in the rテδゥsumテδゥ.

"His appointment should send a signal to all that my administration will value science," Obama said Monday at a Chicago news conference. "We will make decisions based on facts, and we understand that the facts demand bold action."

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Chu, director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, headlines a quartet of appointments that also includes formerテつEnvironmental Protection AgencyテつchiefテつCarol Brownerテつas a coordinator of energy and climate policy; formerテつNew Jerseyテつenvironmental protection commissioner Lisa Jackson as EPA administrator; andテつLos AngelesテつDeputy Mayor Nancy Sutley to run theテつWhite HouseテつCouncil on Environmental Quality.

With this team, some environmentalists and former federal research scientists expect Obama's White House to break from what they view as the Bush administration's record of overlooking science in favor of politics.

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