New Names for the Environment

The most recent wave of appointments for the new Administration are the Energy and Environment positions.  Steven Chu will likely be Energy Secretary.  He’s got a Nobel Prize for his work in Physics.  Lisa Jackson will be the EPA head- she’s got two chemical engineering degrees and has worked at the EPA under Clinton.  Nancy Sutley will lead the White House Council for Energy Quality, and the new Energy Czar position will be filled by Carol Browner, former head of the EPA under Clinton.  You can read more about their positions and credentials here and here.

I need to get going this morning, so instead of waxing lyrical about how much I love honest, practicable science and the men and women who pursue it, I’ll just say that every single one of these picks is going to be worlds better than the ascientific clowns they’ve got in there today.  Good riddance!  Out, out, Stephen Johnson!

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1 Response to “New Names for the Environment”


  1. 1 bullmooser08 December 17, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    The phrase energy czar/tsar, or any other czar for that matter irks me. I know the media loves it and they associate it with just authority, imperial oversight, and decisive action, but I object to it because 1) the word has such a horrible history associated with it I can’t imagine why anyone in their right mind would want to be associated with it. Why not call the Czar Browner the Fuhrer Browner? 2) English (borrowing from Latin) already has a word that conveys just authority, imperial oversight, and decisive action – it’s “supremo.” Let’s use that word instead.


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