What Steven Chu Thinks About Clean Energy

On Monday, Energy Secretary Chu announced $151 million in grants for 37 early stage clean tech projects in 17 states — several of them venture-backed. Chu made the announcement at Google in Mountain View, where he was interviewed on-stage by Google CEO Eric Schmidt. He also took a few questions from Google employees.

Some of the questions were a bit esoteric, but it’s worth listening to what Chu has to say about how he thinks the U.S. is going to switch to clean tech (“the scale of what has to be done is staggering”), what some of the obstacles are, and which technologies he thinks have promise.

I’ve been looking for this video for two days and finally found it here, at ABC 7 News in San Francisco. Enjoy.