America’s nuke waste chief: 2 MIT degrees, ‘genderfluid,’ role plays dogs


It’s official: Sam Brinton is America’s new nuclear waste chief.

Called an accomplished expert in the area, Brinton has two degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked up in the industry to become a leading voice on the highly technical.

In announcing finally moving into the Energy Department as a deputy assistant secretary, Brenton tweeted, “I’ve prepared for this moment in a technical sense for a decade. Graduating with not one but two degrees from MIT led to working at multiple think tanks where I produced the first-of-a-kind reports and maps on consent-based sitting and advanced reactor innovation.”

Bragging rights aside, Brenton was laying low as the appointment slowly moved through the system. Brenton announced it yesterday, tweeting, “It’s official. As of June 19th, I now serve my nation as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition in the Office of Nuclear Energy in the Department of Energy.”

Why the delay? Brinton was concerned that being genderfluid, a drag queen, preferring “they/them,” wearing red, white and blue pumps and lip stick, and enjoying dog role playing with a partner at dinner, might be hurdle to nailing the job and settling in .

To supporters, Brinton tweeted, “Thank you for being the community who believed in me. You got me through some dark days these past few months and I’m eternally grateful. Now it’s time for me to make my mark as the deputy assistant secretary.”

And, Brinton added, what a way to cap America’s Pride Month.

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