Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) takes on Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s chops in this clip, which is from this week’s hearings on gas prices.

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Secretary Chu comes off here as what he is, an academician who has never done much living and breathing in the real world of busting your hump to keep your job and feed your family. Every answer he gives to McHenry is either theoretical or infers a long-term solution to a near-term problem. The answer to McHenry’s main question — What has the Obama admin done to reduce the price of gas? — is not answered, because Chu has no answer.

Well, that’s not entirely true. Chu does have an answer. He just can’t say it anymore.