Fueling an American life – paying for the gas to put in your car, the bill to heat your home, and the plane to visit your family at Thanksgiving – is increasingly costly. People are looking for more affordable and efficient ways to do it. Yet despite the popular demand for more alternatives, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the federal government spends only about $5 billion a year on energy research, less than the $7 billion Americans spend a year on potato chips. The U.S. invented solar cells, wind turbines, and lithium ion batteries but no longer leads in the manufacturing of these technologies.
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