Thursday, April 28, 2016

Department of Energy

Most people do not know that the largest portion of DoE's business is nuclear weapons. Somehow over the decades from Carter thru the current administration we have had Secretaries who at times were clueless as to their domain. Perhaps that has been planned, after all you can get a lot more done if your boss has no idea that you may even exist. But generally we do not appoint Secretary of Defense individuals who cannot distinguish a tank from an aircraft carrier. But well all too often have Sec DoE who would not know a MIRVed warhead from an electric car!

I just noted, perhaps with some humor, but also with possible abject terror, the Hill stating a potential DoE head. As The Hill states:

Trump said early in his campaign that he’d welcome the GOP’s 2008 vice presidential nominee into his administration — “I’d love that,” he said in July — and Palin wasted little time specifying the post she’d want. The former Alaska governor said she’d like to head the Energy Department — for the opportunity to dismantle it. “I think a lot about the Department of Energy, because energy is my baby — oil and gas and minerals, those things that God has dumped on this part of the Earth for mankind’s use instead of us relying on unfriendly foreign nations,” Palin told CNN last fall. “I’d get rid of [the DOE], and I’d let the states start having more control.”

This is concerning. You could get rid of the electric car project at DoE but what of those nukes! It is not as if the understanding of DoE is unknown by all, the Russians and the Chinese are very familiar with DoE weapons programs. Perhaps for once we could get a DoE head who knows something about its core business, the potential destruction of all life on the planet!