“Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” and said he supported gradually increasing gasoline taxes over 15 years to coax consumers into buying more efficient cars.That quote is from 2008, and it is telling because he wasn't in the hot seat then. Still, if buying more efficient cars is a good idea, what does Chu drive? Well, he testified recently that he doesn't own a car. Maybe not, and if testifying under oath, he couldn't be indicted for perjury, but his wife owns a car. A BMW. A sporty little BMW that gets 21 mpg. A real gas guzzler. Chu himself, as a government official, doesn't have to buy gas. We buy it for him as he's ferried around in a big black SUV, likely an Escalade.
That's what we expect from our government officials, hypocrisy. If Chu wants us to buy Chevy Volts, why isn't his wife driving one? If it's good for us, why isn't it good for him? Better yet, why isn't Chu taking public transportation to work every morning? Walking, riding a bike?
It calls to mind the old law enforcement joke: What's the difference between a porcupine and a BMW? With a porcupine, the pricks are on the outside.