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     challenging words:    executive, nuclear, innovation, dealing, mid-70s, deals, atom, strategic, purpose, naval, excellence, commercial, security, solution, crisis, history
     content words:    World War II, Army Corps, Manhattan Engineering District, Manhattan Project, Cold War, Atomic Energy Act, President Carter


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Secretary of Energy
By Meg Leonard
  

1     The Department of Energy's history begins during World War II. At this time, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set up the Manhattan Engineering District. Its purpose was to manage a special project. This special project involved creating the atomic bomb. The project was called the Manhattan Project. During the Cold War, this group focused on designing and making nuclear weapons. It also developed nuclear reactors for naval propulsion. The Atomic Energy Act of 1954 changed the way the atom was used. It could now be used to make power for the public. This began the growth of the commercial nuclear power industry. In the mid-70s, the group was abolished. Two new agencies were created. However, a long energy crisis showed the need for a new solution.
 
2     In 1977, President Carter signed an act to create the Department of Energy. It is a department in the executive branch. The head of the department is the Secretary of Energy. He or she is a member of the president's cabinet. The secretary gives the president advice on all matters dealing with energy in our country.
 
3     Today, the Department of Energy has five strategic themes. .....
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