ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — We’ve got the formal announcement of Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s visit to Los Alamos Thursday and Sandia Friday. There’s some important messaging at work, given the concerns I’ve mentioned previously about whether Chu will be sufficiently attentive to nuclear weapon issues given the enormous attention he’s paying to energy. Here is the full statement, and I’ve taken the liberty of bolding the talking points:
Washington, DC – U.S. Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu will make his first visit to the Department of Energy’s nuclear security laboratories in New Mexico on Thursday, April 9 and Friday, April 10. Secretary Chu will outline the critical role the laboratories will play in advancing the nuclear security agenda outlined this week by President Obama as well as the important contributions they make to addressing broad national challenges like energy security, climate change and economic development.
On Thursday, April 9, Secretary Chu will visit Los Alamos National Laboratory where he will participate in a brief photo opportunity before attending a classified tour and briefing. On Friday, April 10, Secretary Chu will deliver remarks on “The Role of the Nuclear Security Laboratories in Meeting National Challenges” and tour the Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA) Microelectronics Laboratory at Sandia National Laboratories.
Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories are administered by the National Nuclear Security Administration, a separately organized agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science.