Senate panel considers Chu for energy secretary

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Steven Chu, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist chosen by President-elect Barack Obama to be his energy secretary, faces questioning Tuesday before a Senate committee that is expected to endorse his selection.

Chu, the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was to outline before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee how he intends to implement Obama’s energy priorities, including greater support of renewable energy. He also was expected to call for greater use of science to find ways to counter climate change.

Obama’s selection of Chu, 60, to head the Energy Department is expected to get favorable reviews from committee members, although some may question the scientist’s limited background in nuclear issues since the department maintains the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile.


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