Steven Chu en Former Energy Secretary Wants Power Generation Decentralized Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>President Obama announced, last week, a hugely ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and push the country towards cleaner energy. Right now, just nine percent of our energy consumption comes from renewable sources.<p>Former U.S. secretary of energy Steven Chu would like to see us get to 50 percent by the middle of the century. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 08:45:00 +0000 46567 at Nuclear Waste Seeping From Container In Hazardous Wash. State Facility They thought they'd managed this problem a few years ago. But Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee got a disturbing call Friday from Energy Secretary Steven Chu: Nuclear waste is leaking out of a tank in one of the most contaminated nuclear waste sites in the U.S.<p>Inslee released <a href="">a statement</a>, saying a single shell tank at Hanford Nuclear Reservation is slowly losing between 150 and 300 gallons of radioactive waste each year. All of the liquid was removed from the tank in February 1995; what's left is toxic sludge. Sat, 16 Feb 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 40296 at Nuclear Waste Seeping From Container In Hazardous Wash. State Facility 'Onion' Photo Pokes Fun At Outgoing Energy Secretary Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Good morning, I'm David Greene with this headline: "Hung-over Energy Secretary Wakes Up Next to Solar Panel." It's a fake story from The Onion, with a doctored photo showing Secretary Steven Chu in bed with a solar panel. Chu played along. On Facebook, he said he won't confirm or deny the charges, but clarified his recent announcement that he's stepping down is unrelated.<p>He even gave a plug to the energy source, saying: It's no surprise lots of Americans are falling in love with solar.<p>You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 12:29:00 +0000 39920 at Why Steven Chu Was One Of Obama's Most Intriguing Choices Of all the individuals in President Obama's first-term Cabinet, physicist Steven Chu was arguably the least likely to be found in official Washington.<p>The Energy Department secretary, after all, was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist from the University of California, Berkeley, the first science laureate to serve as a Cabinet secretary.<p>Chu <a href="" target="_blank">announced on Friday</a> that he would be stepping down. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 22:43:00 +0000 Frank James 39620 at Why Steven Chu Was One Of Obama's Most Intriguing Choices Energy Secretary Steven Chu Will Resign Energy Secretary Steven Chu will resign once his replacement has been confirmed.<p>Politico, which broke the news this morning, reports that Chu made the announcement in a memo to colleagues.<p><a href="">Politico adds:</a><p><blockquote><p>"'While I will always remain dedicated to the missions of the department, I informed the president of my decision a few days after the election that Jean and I were eager to return to California,' Chu wrote in a lengthy '<a href="" Fri, 01 Feb 2013 16:44:00 +0000 39587 at Energy Secretary Steven Chu Will Resign