WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has announced his decision not to serve a second term.
The Nobel Prize winner is one of three Asian Americans who has served in the Cabinet during President Obama’s first term, along with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, who will remain at his post, and Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, who was appointed U.S. ambassador to China.
On Feb. 1, the Department of Energy posted a letter from Chu to department employees, which reads, in part:
“Serving the country as secretary of energy, and working alongside such an extraordinary team of people at the department, has been the greatest privilege of my life. While the job has had many challenges, it has been an exciting time for the Department, the country, and for me personally.
“I’ve always been inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, who articulated his dream of an America where people are judged not by skin color but ‘by the content of their character.’ In the scientific world, people are judged by the content of their ideas. Advances are made with new insights, but the final arbitrator of any point of view are experiments that seek the unbiased truth, not information cherry-picked to support a particular point of view … read more here.