White House pressed on LNG exports

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said the White House was wrong not to capitalize on the natural gas boom by pushing for liquefied natural gas exports.

Group urges caution on U.S. LNG exports

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A group of major United States manufacturers have formed a coalition to lobby against 'unfettered' natural gas exports which they say would harm the nation's manufacturing growth and cost jobs.

Markey 'disappointed' with LNG study

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., said he was "disappointed" there were flaws in a study on the potential benefits of natural gas exports from the United States.

U.S. sees offshore wind energy by 2017

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Energy Department said it expected commercial operations for offshore wind power generation to begin near six states in less than five years.

U.S. envisions plug-and-play solar power

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Energy Department announced it was investing $29 million in solar developments to help advance the industry's growth potential.

U.S. pulls energy punches post-Sandy

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation said it is establishing an interstate team to coordinate fuel deliveries to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Transcript, full video of Obama, Romney at the second presidential debate

Transcript, full video of Obama, Romney at the second presidential debate

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney met for their second debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on October 16, 2012 (part one).

U.S. invests in nuclear energy research

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Energy Department announced more than $13 million was available for university-level research into light-water nuclear reactors.

Potential U.S. LNG exports under fire

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives expressed concern about the effects of liquefied natural gas exports in a letter to a Cabinet official.

U.S. aims to encourage cheap solar power

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Energy Department said $10 million in cash was available to teams that can develop solar systems for $1 per watt.

U.S. invests in methane hydrate research

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Energy Department said it was investing more than $5 million in research to assess the potential for gas crystals as an energy source.

U.S. puts more effort behind solar energy

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Energy Department announced it would work with national researchers to help develop advanced solar power technologies.

U.S. wind power capacity increasing

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Wind power in the United States accounted for 32 percent of new electricity capacity in the country last year, a U.S. Energy Department report stated.

Obama praises wind power technology

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- President Obama said Tuesday Congress' failure to extend wind-energy tax credits by the end of the year could slow growth in the field and jeopardize jobs.

U.S.: Lighter vehicles for better mileage

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Energy Department said it was supporting the development of materials that could make passenger vehicles more fuel efficient.
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Steven Chu
U.S. Secretaries of Energy Steven Chu and Commerce Gary Locke (not pictured) hold a joint press conference the the American embassy in Beijing on July 16, 2009. The joint visit by the two Chinese-American Secretaries is the first time such visit in the history of U.S.-China relations. The United States and China need to lead the fight against climate change, both Secretaries reenforced during a press conference. (UPI Photo/Stephen Shaver)

Steven Chu (born February 28, 1948) is an American physicist and the 12th United States Secretary of Energy. Chu is known for his research at Bell Labs in cooling and trapping of atoms with laser light, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997, along with his scientific colleagues Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and William Daniel Phillips. At the time of his appointment as Energy Secretary, he was a professor of physics and molecular and cellular biology at the University of California, Berkeley and the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where his research was concerned primarily with the study of biological systems at the single molecule level. Previously, he had been a professor of physics at Stanford University. He is a vocal advocate for more research into alternative energy and nuclear power, arguing that a shift away from fossil fuels is essential to combating climate change. For example, he has conceived of a global "glucose economy", a form of a low-carbon economy, in which glucose from tropical plants is shipped around like oil is today.

Chu, a Chinese American, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, with ancestry from Taicang, in Jiangsu province, and graduated from Garden City High School. He received both a B.A. in mathematics and a B.S. in physics in 1970 from the University of Rochester. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1976, during which he was supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Chu comes from a family of scholars. His father earned an advanced chemical engineering degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and taught at Washington University in St. Louis and Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, while his mother studied economics. His maternal grandfather, Dr. Shu-tian Li earned a Ph.D. degree from Cornell University and his mother's uncle, Li Shu-hua, a notable physical scientist, studied physics at the Sorbonne before they returned to China. His older brother Gilbert Chu is a professor and researcher of biochemistry and medicine at Stanford University. His younger brother, Morgan Chu, is a partner and the former Co-Managing Partner at the law firm Irell & Manella LLP. According to Chu, his two brothers and four cousins earned three M.D.s, four Ph.D.s, and a J.D. among them. In 1997, he married Jean Fetter, a British American and an Oxford-trained physicist. He has two sons, Geoffrey and Michael, from a previous marriage to Lisa Chu-Thielbar.

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