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Saturday, December 10, 2016

NNSA in last 8 years

What is the relative state of the NNSA laboratories today as compared with eight years ago? We had Chu and Moniz as Energy Department leadership and how much did they change?

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

You could say it could have been worse. However, what we have had under Chu and Moniz is unrestrained growth of the NNSA bureaucracy, a complete swing to risk avoidance at all costs (and the costs are high, very high). Field Office minions holding progress hostage to their insane personal whims. Destruction of the relationships with DoD, congress and the Office of Science. No plan for the future. Destruction of worker benefits at Pantex, Y-12 and Sandia. Cuckolded by the DNFSB. Frank Klotz. Shall I go on?

Moniz and Chu are fine men, but they cared little about NNSA.

Anonymous said...

Chu arrived as the knight in shining armor for the labs. He was a former Lab Director, and a scientist's scientist. At long last, someone would lead DoE that would give the scientists their proper position at the table in decision making.

He managed to create the single worst relationship with Congress of any former Secretary, and that will be much of his legacy. He will also be remembered for his demands that the department invest in many of his personal hobby areas in green projects. If he paid any interest at all to nuclear weapons, it was not noticed.

Moniz was a darling of the late night talk show circuit, and spent most of two years selling the Iran deal to the Senate. He drove the department hard on global warming and invested much of his time on this political topic. Not sure that he did anything positive for the NNSA, and his blind stubbornness in dealing with DoD has had long lasting damage.

Anonymous said...

Chu arrived as the knight in shining armor for the labs. He was a former Lab Director, and a scientist's scientist. At long last, someone would lead DoE that would give the scientists their proper position at the table in decision making.

He managed to create the single worst relationship with Congress of any former Secretary, and that will be much of his legacy. He will also be remembered for his demands that the department invest in many of his personal hobby areas in green projects. If he paid any interest at all to nuclear weapons, it was not noticed.

Moniz was a darling of the late night talk show circuit, and spent most of two years selling the Iran deal to the Senate. He drove the department hard on global warming and invested much of his time on this political topic. Not sure that he did anything positive for the NNSA, and his blind stubbornness in dealing with DoD has had long lasting damage.

Anonymous said...

Chu arrived as the knight in shining armor for the labs. He was a former Lab Director, and a scientist's scientist. At long last, someone would lead DoE that would give the scientists their proper position at the table in decision making.

He managed to create the single worst relationship with Congress of any former Secretary, and that will be much of his legacy. He will also be remembered for his demands that the department invest in many of his personal hobby areas in green projects. If he paid any interest at all to nuclear weapons, it was not noticed.

Moniz was a darling of the late night talk show circuit, and spent most of two years selling the Iran deal to the Senate. He drove the department hard on global warming and invested much of his time on this political topic. Not sure that he did anything positive for the NNSA, and his blind stubbornness in dealing with DoD has had long lasting damage.

Anonymous said...

Both were disappointing.

Anonymous said...

Anything Perry touches dies.

Anonymous said...

Are secretarial relations with Congress all that distinctly bad compared with other times, or is it just that Saint Pete isn't there shoveling money to New Mexico through every imaginable conduit?

Anonymous said...

Chu = Moniz = benign neglect of NNSA.

Anonymous said...

Secretary of Defense Carter Presents the DoD Distinguished Public Service Award to Secretary of Energy Moniz
November 23, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of Defense Ash Carter honored Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz with the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award, the department’s highest civilian honor. Secretary Carter presented the award to Secretary Moniz at a ceremony at the Department of Energy (DOE) headquarters in Washington, D.C., in recognition of Secretary Moniz’s leadership in strengthening the partnership between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the DOE in support of vital national security missions.

http://www.energy.gov/articles/secretary-defense-carter-presents-dod-distinguished-public-service-award-secretary-energy

Anonymous said...

It matters not what buffoon leads the parade, the outcome is virtually the same.

Anonymous said...

Both the nuclear weapons complex and basic research in DOE suffered mightily under Chu. "The scientists' scientist" spent his tenure playing a green energy venture capitalist, with taxpayer money. Moniz was a bit better, at least comparatively speaking. Yet, all said and done, he made no attempt to rescue the weapons labs, as they continued to circle the drain.

Anonymous said...

Moniz and Company brought us the giant solar farm on Vasco Road, where electricity is generated and then sold to PGE at a loss, and then bought back again - but built and maintained by taxpayers. Meanwhile it is ugly and labor-intensive to maintain.

Anonymous said...

December 12, 2016 at 6:35 PM

The solar collection farm in the northwest buffer has nothing to do with DOE or LLNL. It was financed and built with private money, and is operated and maintained by a private company. LLNL and DOE had nothing to do with its design or construction. Lab employees were not even allowed to go onto the property. From the press release earlier this year...

"The array of solar panels is located on 10 acres in the Laboratory's northwest buffer zone along Vasco Road. Juwi Solar Inc. designed, engineered and is financing and installing the 3.3 megawatt fixed-tilt solar photovoltaic array. In addition, Juwi will operate and maintain the solar energy system.

The facility is expected to generate approximately 6,300 megawatt hours annually. Whitethorn Solar, recently purchased by PSEG Solar Source, will sell the bundled renewable power generated from this system to the Western Area Power Administration through a 20-year purchase power contract and the DOE/NNSA will purchase the renewable power under its current power agreement with Western for Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)."

Seems like a perfect example of the free market republicans like Trump love.

Anonymous said...

Ewww, look who is the smarty pants!! And then this, and then this, and then this and then this....blah blah blah....just another PHD wannabe!!

Anonymous said...

I've been away from this blog for about 2 years. Just dropped in to see what's going on. And it's like I never left! Thanks for keeping snark, insult, ignorance, trolling, and troll-baiting alive! Nice to know I can still get a chuckle or two at this blog.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for keeping snark, insult, ignorance, trolling, and troll-baiting alive!

December 13, 2016 at 5:15 PM

You are welcome!


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