Project Steve member, Nobel Prize winner, and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu talks to the Times:
Was anyone in your family impressed when you won the Nobel Prize in Physics?
Probably, but who knows? I called my mother up when they announced the Nobel Prize, waiting until 7 in the morning. She said, “That’s nice — and when are you going to see me next?”
Is it true you don’t drive a car?
My wife does, but I no longer own a car. Let me just say that in most of my jobs, I mostly rode my bicycle.
My security detail didn’t want me to be riding my bicycle or even taking the Metro. I have a security detail that drives me.
How do you feel about adding carbon emissions to the air?
I don’t feel good about it.
I guess the president wants to keep you alive.
My wife is in favor of that as well.
Now, I want him alive also, but if Mayor Bloomberg can ride the subway to work, shouldn’t Chu be able to do the same?