You should get a kick out of this quote from an Energy Department spokeswoman, found in the article.
Ms. Mueller added, “No one in their right mind would suggest that Dr. Chu is beholden to oil companies, especially since he’s spent the past decade working to cut America’s dependence on oil and move us toward a clean-energy economy.”
Call me crazy then. Here, I want you to listen to me while I say it, Ms. Mueller; "Dr. Chu is beholden to one oil company in particular and that company is BP!"
Having listened to the news reports and watched tape on His Majesty's $15 million laissez faire coffee clatch commission (AKA Presidential Oil Spill Commission) which, by the way reports directly -do not pass go, do not collect $100 - to Dr. Steven Chu, I can safely say the results of that commission are bought and paid for by BP, in my humble opinion.
In my humble opinion I'd also like to add that I think Al Capone was guilty of murder, in addition to income tax evasion. I just want to cover all bases of ludicrous, over-indemnification.
By the way, you have to love the way government people parse their words. It works like this: Q: "Did Senator Snort take the money?" A: "Why these questions are as outrageous as they are sophomoric! Of course the sun is the center of the solar system!! (harumpf)"
"No one in their right mind would suggest Dr. Chu is beholden to the oil COMPANIES" Plural. Did you catch that?
No. That's obviously not the question, in the plural. That's very different than issuing a categorical denial to the assertion that Dr. Chu is beholden to BP, specifically. It shows you that even the spokesperson for the department of energy KNOWS something hinky is up with Dr. Chu and his strange association with BP.
I highly recommend you read the NYT article and balance this against the bizarre, inconsistent findings of the president's oil spill commission.