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White House circulated plan to replace Chu

November 12, 2011 • National News


FILE – In this Nov. 29, 2010 file photo, Energy Secretary Steven Chu gives a speech at the National Press Club in Washington. Top officials at the White House circulated a plan calling for the ouster of Energy Secretary Steven Chu and other top Energy Department officials as the administration braced for a political storm brewing over the failing solar energy company Solyndra. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top officials at the White House circulated a plan calling for the ouster of Energy Secretary Steven Chu and other top Energy Department officials as the administration braced for a political storm brewing over the failing solar energy company Solyndra.

An email from a clean-energy activist and former official in President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign said Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, was a brilliant man but “not perfect” for other critical DOE missions, including creating jobs. The Feb. 25 email from Dan Carol, a former issues adviser in Obama’s campaign, was circulated Login to read more

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