Deeply troubling signs for federal science and science policy are becoming increasingly evident. Climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt now leads the Environmental Protection Agency and has announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Side-stepping science entirly, the Trump administration's 42-page proposal for repealing former President Obama's Clean Water Rule (WOTUS) is largely built … Continue reading Top Ten Deeply Troubling Signs for Federal Science Policy
On Jan. 23, the House unanimously passed H.R.589 - Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act which would provide the first-ever comprehensive statutory guidance for DOE’s Office of Science and its network of national laboratories. The bill also includes provisions to enhance technology transfer from DOE’s 17 national laboratories, improve research coordination across the department, and boost … Continue reading First-Ever Comprehensive Statutory Guidance for DOE’s Office of Science Passes House
The House Energy and Commerce Committee held an investigative oversight meeting with EPA to determine EPA’s role in the "ZEV Investments" portion of the Volkswagen Emissions Cheating Settlement and the potential impacts on the policymaking landscape.
The Senate Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development is considering the current market, regulations, oversight and future of nuclear power. The 2017 Senate Energy and Water Appropriations bill includes $95 million for this work.
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Congress creates a new budget for our country every year. This annual congressional budget process is also called the appropriations process. Discretionary budget spending in 2015 equaled $1.1 trillion dollars. 1.18% (or $13.13 billion) went to agriculture and food. 2.67% (or $29.7 billion) went to science. 3.51% (or $39.14 billion) went to energy and environment. 5.93% (or 66.03 billion) went to medicine and health. 6.28% (or 69.98 billion) went to education.
The Disrupter Series continues next week with a hearing from industry experts about how to bring self-driving vehicles to consumers and businesses alike and what protections should be considered as best practices as guidelines continue to be developed.