Ex-Energy chief Chu joins carbon capture company

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu is joining the board of directors of a Canadian company that says it has a cost-effective way to capture and reuse carbon dioxide from power plants fired by coal and natural gas.

Vancouver-based Inventys Thermal Technologies says it has developed a process that uses less energy than conventional carbon capture techniques and is less expensive.

A Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Chu served as energy secretary in President Barack Obama's first term and now teaches physics at Stanford University. He says in an interview that he is excited to join Inventys, calling its work "a cause I believe in" with a good chance of success.

The Obama administration supports so-called carbon-capture technologies as a way to limit pollution blamed for global warming.

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