Former Bush administration Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christis Todd Whitman warned President-elect Obama's pick to head the Department of Energy may have a lot of on-the-job learning to do next year.

Obama chose Nobel physicist Steven Chu to head up the Energy Department.

"It's a big leap from the academic world to the administrative world," Whitman said during an MSNBC appearance.

"He's certainly going to know how to analyze the issues,