Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Director Steven Chu's appearance before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee went well.  This hearing to consider Chu's nomination as the next Secretary of the Department of Energy demonstrated much interest in the nominee's view on the future of  nuclear and coal-fired electricity production, bioenergy and solar energy, global warming, and, in some cases, local concerns.

16 Jan 2009

This morning the House Appropriations Committee, chaired by Rep.

15 Jan 2009

Warning  that the United States cannot wait the customary 50 years to adopt new energy  systems, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology   sent President Obama a report recommending a formal, coordinated approach to  the development of federal energy policy and a dramatic increase in federal  spending for energy research, development, demonstration and deployment.  

3 Dec 2010

Last night President Barack Obama touched on many matters of considerable interest to the physics and science education communities in his State of the Union address: innovation, basic research funding, clean energy production, climate change, education, and nuclear weapons policy.  When the President sends his FY 2011 budget request to Congress next Monday, February 1, his specific intentions for many of these matters will be made clearer.  Of note will be the Administration’s request for science funding, which is a component of the total discretionary budget that the President announced h

28 Jan 2010

“Fusion energy is the sort of high-risk, high-reward research that will benefit future generations if we are bold enough to pursue it,” said House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) at a recent hearing on the ITER fusion program.  Contrasting with the tenor of reports about the governance and construction management of the high profile fusion science project, the ninety minute hearing focusing on ITER was upbeat with strong support voiced by both Republicans and Democrats.

25 Jul 2014

“Pay  attention to this.  This is a big deal,”  Energy Secretary Steven Chu told the members of the Secretary of Energy  Advisory Board (SEAB) at its July 20 meeting.   Chu was commenting on the forthcoming Quadrennial Technology Review  (QTR)  that will be the basis for a long term plan for energy.  The board gave an enthusiastic response to  the QTR that is being conducted under the leadership of Under Secretary for  Science Steven Koonin.  DOE will submit  the QTR to the White House early this month, and release it to the public in  mid-

4 Aug 2011

The  Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill approved last week by the  House Appropriations Committee provides funding for the National Nuclear  Security Administration (NNSA), a semi-autonomous agency of the Department of  Energy.   NNSA was established in 2000.

As  previously noted, total proposed funding in the FY 2012 appropriations bill is  down 3.3 percent or more than $1 billion from this year.  The $30.6 billion bill is approximately 19  percent less than that requested by the Obama Administration.

20 Jun 2011

The May 22 hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural  Resources Committee focused on issues of government involvement in the clean  energy sector, highlighting the complexities of establishing the energy market.  Senators heard from Norman Augustine, Retired  Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation, as well as Ethan Zindler, head  of policy analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and Jesse Jenkins, Director  of Energy and Climate Policy at the Breakthrough Institute.

18 Jun 2012

The  subject of the April 18 hearing in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s  Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation was “Budget and Spending Concerns at DOE [Department of Energy].”  This hearing highlighted the tensions between  Republicans and Democrats on issues surrounding the DOE’s budget.

At  a time when the president is requesting an increase in funding for DOE’s  renewable energy programs, can anyone at DOE certify that there is no redundancy  among these 92 initiatives,” questioned Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL).

11 May 2012

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) held a May 9 meeting during which they discussed advanced manufacturing partnerships, systems engineering as it relates to healthcare and the implications of Chinese advancements in science, technology, and innovation. 

16 May 2014


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