US DOE head nominee Chu says he would restore US as energy leader

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President-elect Barack Obama's choice for energy secretary, Steven Chu,
on Tuesday pledged to senators at his confirmation hearing that he will
improve management and jumpstart programs more quickly at the department.

     "If the department is to meet the challenges ahead, it will have to run
more efficiently and effectively," Chu told the Senate Energy and Natural
Resources Committee.

     Among the priorities Chu outlined are a commitment to renewable energy,
such as wind and solar, more efficient cars and trucks, technologies that
capture and store carbon dioxide emissions, a system to trade carbon
emissions, advancing nuclear power and increased energy research and
development. He also said the administration would be dedicated to
"responsible" oil and gas development, as well as strengthening electricity
transmission, more efficient appliances and buildings.


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