Tags: chu | energy | gas | prices

Energy Secy Chu Flip-Flops on Call for Higher Gas Prices

Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 11:59 AM

By Marti Lotman

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Even as skyrocketing gas prices become the Achilles’ heel for President Barack Obama, Energy Secretary Steven Chu has recanted his argument for higher prices to encourage Americans to use more renewable resources.

Chu acknowledged at a Senate hearing on Tuesday that he did tell The Wall Street Journal in September 2008 that rising U.S. gas prices would help Americans move away from the use of fossil fuels, reports Fox News.

“Are you saying that you no longer share the view that we need to figure out how to boost gasoline prices in America?” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, asked Chu during the hearing.

Chu responded: “I no longer share that view.”

Lee pressed him: “But you did then, but you don’t know?”

Chu replied that his original comments were made before Obama won the election and before Chu became energy secretary.

“When I became secretary of energy, I represented the U.S. government and I think that right now in this economic — very slow return — that we need to have, these prices well could affect the comeback of our economy and we’re very worried about that,” Chu said. “And so, of course, we don’t want the price of gasoline to go up. We want it to go down.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney attempted to justify Chu’s backpedaling, saying that Obama didn’t tell Chu to clarify his position and emphasizing instead that Chu made the comments before joining the Obama administration.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Gov. McAuliffe Isn't Talking, but in 2007 Said 'Shut Borders Down'

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 21:16 PM

I arrived at the lobby on the floor of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office at 7:55 a.m., intent on waiting until I ha . . .

Ted Cruz on 'True Blood': Vampire Vote Belongs to Democrats

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 20:51 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz took to social media Tuesday with his take on an HBO "True Blood" episode depicting a bloodbath at a ficti . . .

School's Diversity Policy and Prof's Disdain for It Cause Debate

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 20:13 PM

A new diversity policy at the University of Wisconsin in Madison – and an economics professor's open disdain for it – ar . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved