Energy Secretary Chu says innovation is key to America’s economic competitiveness.

DOE-SealWASHINGTON, D.C. – In a speech at the National Press Club, U.S Energy Secretary Steven Chu said that the success of China and other countries in clean energy industries represents a new “Sputnik Moment” for the United States, and requires a similar mobilization of America’s innovation machine so that we can compete in the global race for the jobs of the future. Secretary Chu outlined efforts underway at the Department to give America’s entrepreneurs and manufacturers an edge through investments in clean energy innovation.

“When it comes to innovation, Americans don’t take a back seat to anyone – and we certainly won’t start now,” said Secretary Chu. “From wind power to nuclear reactors to high speed rail, China and other countries are moving aggressively to capture the lead. Given that challenge, and given the enormous economic opportunities in clean energy, it’s time for America to do what we do best: innovate. As President Obama has said, we should not, cannot, and will not play for second place.”

With 17 National Labs and world leading scientific and computing resources, the Department of Energy is on the front lines of America’s effort to lead in clean energy innovation. Clean energy technologies developed and deployed in the United States will create American jobs that stay in America.

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Source: U.S. Department of Energy
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