Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California was the top choice for DOE Secretary, in a Biofuels Digest reader poll conducted yesterday, taking 28 percent of the votes. Cleantech VC and former DOE official Steve Westley came in second with 13 percent, while former Dupont chairman Chad Holliday was third with 12 percent. Google environment chief Dan Reicher, Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, and Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers polled between 8 and 11 percent each.
Current Secretary Steven Chu received 3 percent of the votes on a write-in for retention, while Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota and Professor Ernest Moniz of MIT, and Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute, each polled 2 percent from write-in ballots.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California – 22.6%
Cleantech VC and former DOE official Steve Westley – 12.9%
Former Dupont chairman Chad Holliday – 12.1%
Google Director of Energy and Environment Dan Reicher – 11.3%
Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico – 9.7%
Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers – 8.1%
Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin of South Dakota – 6.5%
Congressman Jay Inslee of Washington state – 5.6%
Waste Management CEO David Steiner – 4.0%
DOE Secretary Steve Chu – 3.2%
Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota – 2.4%
Professor Ernest Moniz, MIT – 1.6%
More background on the story from the Digest