I can’t help but feel like someone high up in DOE recently looked at the calendar and had a panic attack: “OMG, didn’t we promise a lot more things by the end of the year!” (More on this in another post later today.)

So, in the last 24 hours, the DOE’s PR machine (too bad this group isn’t responsible for writing the checks) stepped on its accelerator:

And, just two days earlier, the agency announced:

Don’t get me wrong. This is all good. But its important to remember that DOE promised to spend $33 billion of Recovery Act money by Dec. 31. Back when that promise was made,  I can recall there was lots of unity about “the fierce urgency of now.” Also, cutting the project review bureaucracy, and too and such.

Maybe I am utterly naive but I truly thought the DOE would be making press release dumps like this every week!