Obama's DOE nominee discusses nuclear energy, gasoline at hearings

01/14/2009 | NYTimes.com

Lawmakers questioned President-elect Barack Obama's nominee to head the Department of Energy about nuclear reactors, offshore drilling and a variety of other topics at a confirmation hearing Tuesday. During the hearing, Steven Chu backed off statements that gasoline prices should be higher, and he noted that the scientists must find a way to convert coal into clean energy. Chu previously said that he supported boosting "the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe."

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