Secretary Chu's departing note was certainly worthy of the great line from Amadeus, "Too Many Notes." It was exceptional in the failure to mention national security, NNSA, weapons, arms control, terrorism, intelligence, or nuclear forensics. one guesses that he failed to visit those offices in four years as he played VC with taxpayer funds.
Chu leaves town with the the can of Solyndra tied to his tail, perhaps unjustly. The White House minders may own that one.
However, he has failed to take the hit for far larger offense. After
Fukushima, he did not protest the White House action that locked up all
the data and projections available from NARAC at LLNL. In consequence,
both the Japanese government and the American public were denied
informatkon that would have been operationally useful to the Japanese
and publicly reassuring to our citizens. In no previous major
radiological incident, Chernobyl or the Japanese fuel fab criticality
accident of the late 90s, has such censorship been seen. That the
bill-paying the Congress did not notice this event is astonishing. The
US nuclear power industry was so upset and offended at this lack of
public support that they ramped up their own monitoring and made plots
of incomoimg radiation levels over the US available. Perhaps there will
be time to look into this when a successor is nominated -- and to call
Chu back to explain.
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