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Weekly Wrap Up: America's Energy Future

Your quick look at the week that was on

Your quick look at the week that was on


America's Secure Energy Future: President Obama continued his focus on building a clean energy economy with events throughout the week. He toured a shipping facility in Maryland with Energy Secretary Chu and Transportation Secretary LaHood to highlight his Green Fleet Initiative, then traveled to Philadelphia for a town hall at Gamesa Technology, a wind turbine manufacturer. Back at the White House, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar sat down with students to discuss development of clean, American-made energy sources. The Department of Energy blogged about Philadelphia's efforts to install energy efficient lighting.

Budget Negotiations Continue: As the deadline to pass a budget for fiscal year 2011 approached, the President and his advisers worked with Congressional leadership to negotiate a deal. President Obama spoke to the media and the American people on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights.

West Wing Week: "Windmills? Call Them Wind Turbines!"

Tax Season: As the tax filing deadline of April 18 gets closer, launched a tax cut calculator that shows you the tax cuts and credits President Obama has signed into law for middle-class families. Austan Goolsbee, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, showed folks how to use it. The Department of Homeland Security also shared tips for protecting your identity as you prepare your tax returns.

Puppy, you say?: The Transportation Security Administration welcomed the 500th puppy in its Puppy Program, which trains the detection and security canines used by TSA agents. Dolan, a black lab, was named for Captain Robert Edward Dolan, Jr., who lost his life in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon; all puppies in the TSA Puppy Program are named for 9/11 victims.

Neighborhood Development for America's Kids: On the HUD Blog, Secretary Shaun Donovan wrote about efforts to revitalize urban areas to give kids a safe place to play and grow up.

America's Marine Highways: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wrote on the DOT Blog about how marine shipping moves American goods safely and efficiently, reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

50 Years of USAID: U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah wrote a letter to mark the 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy's call to form USAID, which has been America's main source for foreign aid to the developing world.