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On Friday, Secretary Chu hosted a live chat discussion to celebrate the 42nd annual Earth Day. The conversation with an in-person audience, streamed live here on, highlighted the fact that we don’t have to choose between our economy and our environment.

For example, Secretary Chu highlighted how easy it is to save money and the planet at the same time. By making sure that you seal air leaks and add insulation, you’re making your home more environmentally friendly and lowering your energy bill. In addition, Secretary Chu spoke about the Energy Department’s work to help oil companies make energy efficient cars – lowering emissions and your stops at the gas station.

While taking questions from Twitter, Facebook, email and the in-person audience, Secretary Chu also talked about topics such as natural gas, renewables, industrial efficiency, nuclear power, and energy successes. 

If you missed the live chat, you can watch the full video of the event above.