As the largest domestically-produced source of energy here in the U.S., coal is used to generate about half of our nation’s electricity. So how can we make traditional energy sources like coal cleaner and safer for all Americans?
This year’s awards celebrated the work of employees for their contributions to the agency’s mission. “The people are the organization,” Secretary Steven Chu said. “It’s staggering all that we do and it’s breathtaking how good the people in the Department of Energy are."
For many, a barrel of oil is almost synonymous with its most prominent product, gasoline. While almost 40% of a barrel of oil is used to produce gasoline, the rest is used to produce a host of products including jet fuel and plastics and many industrial chemicals. As the United States works to reduce its dependence on foreign oil, we must recognize the complexity of that dependence and work to replace the whole barrel.
One of the country's leading experts on private sector investment in clean energy, Richard Kauffman is joining the Energy Department as a Senior Advisor. It's also his first in the public sector – a fact that humbles Kauffman: “For me this is my opportunity to serve. My hope is that I will bring capabilities and experience that are complementary to the great talent that is already here.”