Dr. Burgess released the following statement regarding the announcement of Secretary Chu's resignation.
"With today’s announcement by Energy Secretary Steven Chu that he will soon be resigning from President Obama’s cabinet, it is my hope that the Department of Energy will close the door on its narrowly focused pursuit of unsustainable and costly “green” energy boondoogles and return to its core mission of supporting the production of abundant sources of fuel within our borders. For the past 4 years, Secretary Chu has led an effort to undermine the thriving oil and gas industries in order to boost new technologies that have time after time proven to be failures, and he has done it at a massive expense to the American people. Most egregiously, Secretary Chu will forever be associated with the failed loan guarantee program which funded Solyndra to a loss of $535 million, after he ignored the law by giving private investors priority over American taxpayers during Solyndra’s bankruptcy proceedings. The federal government should get out of the business of dictating the energy sources that Americans use, and I hope that any future Secretary of Energy will commit to allowing the American people to choose for themselves how they heat and light their homes and run their cars."