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Why the Government Should Invest in Clean Energy

At a clean energy summit today, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said that, over the long-term, government support allows innovation to thrive.


The American idea of innovation centers on a lonely genius toiling in his lab or experimenting out in the field. That’s how Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb, Alexander Graham Bell created the telephone, and the Wright Brothers launched the first airplane. But the Wright Brothers didn't create the aerospace industry alone—that required some institutional support. Building on that idea, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu argued today at a clean energy summit in Las Vegas that, over the long-term, government support allows innovation to thrive.

The summit, which is in its fourth year, is convened by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and partners from the academic, business, and think tank worlds. Chu said in a speech this morning that the federal government must help incubate clean energy innovation in order for the country to prosper.

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Chat About Energy with Secretary Steven Chu Wednesday

Energy Secretary Steven Chu is taking questions live Wednesday. Here's what we'll be asking.

A couple of weeks ago, Energy.gov got a makeover, and the new media folks at the Department of Energy announced a few new running features for the site. One of these is a series of live web-chats with Department experts called Energy Matters. The first Energy Matters chat is tomorrow, and it's with the head honcho himself: Secretary Steven Chu.

The announcement:

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The (Hidden) Energy Costs in Energy-Efficient Fridges

David Owen argues that more efficient fridges doesn't always equal lowered energy use.

In light of GOOD's Energy Issue, I decided to look into how one household technology transforms our relationship with food:

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