Steven Chu Quotes

If there is a regulation that says you have to do something—whether it be putting in seat belts, catalytic converters, clean air for coal plants, clean water—the first tack that the lawyers use, among others things, and that companies use, is [to claim] that it's going to drive the electricity bill up, drive the cost of cars up, drive everything up. It repeatedly has been demonstrated that once the engineers start thinking about it, it's [the cost is] actually far less than the original estimates. We should remember that when we hear this again, because you will hear it again.

This is a very unusual quotation in that a cabinet secretary tried to discuss the method or the opposition’s analysis and thinking regarding man induced climate change. At the time the overwhelming proportion of scientists in the world had concluded that the data showed that in addition to the normal vicissitudes of climate change, there was a definite additional warming effect. Some conservatives, opposing any government action regarding global warming, found a few scientists, mostly unaccomplished who themselves did not believe the data supported the global warming hypothesis. Chu gave this rhetorical analysis.
Steven Chu
Steven Chu
  • Born: February 28, 1948
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Scientist

Steven Chu is an American physicist and a former government official. He is known for his research at Bell Labs and Stanford University regarding the cooling and trapping of atoms with laser light, for which he won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997, along with his scientific colleagues Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and William Daniel Phillips.