Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Chu Calls for a Green Economy

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Chu Calls for a Green Economy

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"Many people have talked about what we need to do in energy as an Apollo project ... but you can also think of it in terms of a mobilization in World War II," Secretary of Energy Steven Chu told delegates at the Congressional City Conference.

Chu discussed the clean energy economy that is one of the focuses of the Obama Administration during a general session.

America must break its dependency on foreign oil, he said. For about 50 years, the United States was the world's largest oil producer. Production peaked around 1970, and following the energy crisis of the mid-1970s, net imports have continued to rise.

The secretary noted the potential for serious climate change.

The first steps in transforming the economy are contained in the recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which will leverage tens of billions of dollars in private sector investment, he said.

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The new green economy will create jobs building solar panels, wind turbines and more efficient appliances and moving power in transmission lines. There will be smarter grids and better batteries.

"Wouldn't it be nice if 10 years from today we could have these new technologies?" he asked.

"One of the nice things about these new green jobs is they can't be outsourced," Chu added. "You actually have to go in and weatherize the home, you have to actually go and install the transmission lines."

Chu said the Department of Energy will depend on local officials to help citizens weatherize their homes and encouraged attendees to create self-sustaining programs. …

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