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Energy chief goes geek

Energy Secretary Steven Chu was the headliner for Rachel Maddow's "Geek Week" kickoff on Monday. Rachel's "long introduction" segues into the interview at the 7:30 mark. Chu points out that the $80 billion in stimulus funds for renewable energy is "just the beginning, a down payment" for a new long-term energy policy. He talks up solar and wind power but says gas/coal/nuclear will still be needed for "base-load power." In a different video clip, Chu addresses the much-maligned oil-spill response head-on.