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I'll what I'll take developer edition of the secretary of energy -- meet those standards.
It'll O'Leary -- the former energy secretary in the Clinton administration and it's here to discuss the -- candidates or the business end.
Thank you so much for being here the secretary great to see you.
So when there aren't so many top candidates out there we've seen as many as eight top candidates.
With an aborted take a look at some of those right now -- you tell me first and foremost.
What you think -- the top priority for the next energy secretary what are the kinds of.
Well the next energy secretary -- will not and I have to focus on the traditional energy discussion.
With respect to supply and demand.
The Department of Energy is also -- department of nuclear weapons.
It's both the storage of this certifying of its safety and reliability.
It has a wide complex that was used for the production of nuclear weapons.
Which -- be cleaned up and has a mandate with respect to.
Nuclear -- proliferation which is international.
News and quite frankly I think the person who takes that job.
He needs to be someone who is well versed in all of these cross cutting sectors.
Which would be energy and the economy national security.
Of course and the environment.
-- clean energy -- Also the recognition that they -- traditional lending resources.
That will have to continue to use for a lot.
You know it's interesting secretary because a lot has been made of president elect Obama's plans to really bring alternative energy into the dialogue here in this country.
We've talked about -- 150 billion dollar ten year plan.
This is in -- hiring perhaps the greenest.
Of energy secretaries in our history.
What does that do in terms of changing who use a -- because we've heard of people like.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Who has been a big proponent of that but you know -- suggest.
Not necessarily the right -- Well.
What I'm suggesting -- -- course there's always been a green portfolio at the Department of Energy.
Most of what's going to come out of the work -- energy.
Will be the identification on the work today.
To deliver through that is 24 National Laboratories.
Some of the new technology to drive this green energy.
So with all due respect.
Two political figures who have glamour.
I might suggest that this is -- job for the less glamorous.
And the more knowledgeable with respect to all of the challenges.
It is important that this person be an excellent communicators.
And someone who can deal with the congress.
Because as I have described the portfolio of the Department of Energy.
It is broad and cuts across about fifteen different major committees -- on the house side in the senate.
OK so you know -- to some of the names I'm just throw some names out that you feel lying in and monkey your reaction and and there's a name that hasn't been mentioned on the list.
I'd love to get your thoughts underneath and we've heard about the New Mexico senator.
We've heard that general Wesley Clark.
-- as as -- governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania.
Perhaps today governor in Kansas -- sadly Kathleen deadliest.
What do you make of some of those names or any of those names names that popped out to you in terms of the qualifications you just talked about.
I think that criteria that I've laid out with.
Respect to that confident -- specifically with respect to the development of technology and the guiding.
But dialogue -- -- technology or even move our portfolio for nuclear non proliferation.
Acquires a person who is extremely knowledgeable.
And I would be looking through.
The Department of Energy.
I would be looking through the Department of Defense.
I would be looking outside for people who understood.
Some of those issues and certainly understood the far flung portfolio.
Of the Department of Energy.
-- so yeah sorry go ahead -- I mean I would say the department of -- of -- go ahead.
That's -- -- is about to say.
I'm so you look back and you wonder who has served before and whether that is cross cutting positions.
I like it throughout the name of the person such as Robert handling.
Who I think has worked for at least three or four previous.
Secretaries of energy.
I would point out not me.
But he's a person who understands.
The energy technology the non proliferation.
And also understands the infrastructure necessary.
Move on not only to develop.
Green energy but to bring it to market if that would be an example an -- you never heard.
If you have the phone call and you were asked.
Here in my -- your.
Top three priorities and -- on inauguration day that we can address in the short term perhaps as opposed to the long term.
What -- top three priorities.
Well clearly it.
Is the development of a national energy strategy.
That will stick for a longer than one term of the congress.
That's not a short term fix.
So then next thing they'll have to happen this sounds.
So ancient but we really got to get the American public and it's -- -- sectors.
To begin to look at the things we can do immediately.
To cut energy demand and to consider.
Anything that will make a difference in energy consumption.
That is dramatic and cost saving involves changes in infrastructure.
And no one wants to hear this but that takes time and it takes.
A decision to develop it and stick to a strategy.
That pertains and is alive and viable -- longer than a two year term.
-- liable for myself no easy fixes yeah I understand believe me -- -- my energy secretary Hazel O'Leary.
It was a great honor and pleasure to speak with you I hope you'll join us again in the future.
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