***** Congress Watch: Democrats push for new energy agency *****
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2006 @ 14:55:53 GMT
Posted 1/27/06 on USNews.com By Danielle Knight: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a New York Democrat, have introduced legislation that would create a new agency within the U.S. Department of Energy modeled after the Department of Defense's research agency, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The bill would authorize a total of $9 billion in funding for fiscal years 2007 through 2011 for the new agency to develop research to quickly move "cutting edge" energy-efficiency technologies into the marketplace.
"We should immediately undertake an Apollo-like R&D program to rapidly transform our country's energy use," Reid said. The bill is part of the Democrats' larger energy plan that aims to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and other expensive fuel. Staff members in Senator Clinton's office said it was too soon to tell if this proposal would gain widespread support. Republican and Democratic staffers in other members' offices told U.S. News that they were reviewing the details.
Democratic staffers pointed out that the creation of such a Department of Energy agency was recommended in a report by the National Academy of Sciences in October. The report had concluded that America's pre-eminence in science and technology is in decline, putting U.S. economic competitiveness at risk.
Now is the time for making the congress aware of
extremely "cutting edge" research in energy and propulsion systems
that need serious examination and support, if proven valid. The question is:
how can we effectively get to them? (Dr. Greer, Brian O'Leary, etc.?)