Energy Secretary Doesn't Have A Car - He Has A Chauffeur

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | March 8, 2012 | 4:40 PM EST

Testifying today before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power on the department's FY2013 Budget Request, Energy Sec. Stephen Chu said he didn’t own a car. But, an Energy Dept. press secretary says Chu's wife owns one (a BMW, reportedly), and that he's taken to work by his security detail.

Sec. Chu was praising the Chevy Volt electric car and making the case for the government to spend to help the vehicle, when the Energy Secretary was asked if he drove a Chevy Volt.

“No, I don’t own a car at the moment,” Sec. Chu testified.

While that may be TECHNICALLY true, Energy Dept. Press Sec. Jen Stutsman confirmed to that Chu is provided transportation to his job by his security detail – and that his wife does, indeed, own a car:

“Like all Cabinet Secretaries, the Secretary travels to work with his security detail.  The Secretary’s wife does own a car.” Reportedly, his wife's car is a BMW, which gets 21 mpg.