During a visit to Clemson University, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the type of innovation found at the University is part of what is needed to help the United States solve its energy problems. Presently the U.S. is losing its superiority in the clean energy race as China and other countries are moving ahead of it on a number of fronts, including making fuel-efficient autos, building car batteries, developing electricity transmission infrastructure and nuclear power plants. Chu pointed out that solar panels were developed in the U.S., but other countries have taken the market away. Chu went on to say that people think of China as a low-cost manufacturer but the country is heavily investing in new energy. China is spending $9 billion a month to diversify its energy supply, which relies now on coal-based electric plants. Read more about Steven Chu’s Green Energy Investment Talk.