Energy Department Cites Gains as Obama Vows Changes (Update2)

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Jan. 5 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Energy Department has published a book celebrating its national laboratories as “the single greatest scientific enterprise in the world,” a conclusion challenged by clean-energy advocates.

The 149-page, hard-cover glossy book was released today, two weeks before the end of the Bush administration. “A Decade of Discovery,” cites scientific gains at the department’s 17 national labs since 1998 in national security, energy and life and physical sciences. Critics have said the labs focused on the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpiles to the detriment of energy advances.

President-elect Barack Obama has nominated Steven Chu, director of the department’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a Nobel Prize winner, as his energy secretary. While Chu, 60, is an advocate of the renewable and clean-energy technologies Obama has pledged to pursue, Representative Edward Markey said he will have to overcome flawed policies pursued under President George W. Bush.


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