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State of the Union address and physical sciences January 29, 2008

Posted by apetrov in Near Physics, Particle Physics, Science.
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I was listening to today’s State of the Union address by President George W Bush. Besides the usual curiosity about political implications of how the “lame-duck” Presidents frame their last State of the Union address, I was curious to see if traces of this year’s HEP/energy sciences budget disaster would find their way into the speech. Well, the President declared:

” To keep America competitive into the future, we must trust in the skill of our scientists and engineers and empower them to pursue the breakthroughs of tomorrow. Last year, Congress passed legislation supporting the American Competitiveness Initiative, but never followed through with the funding. This funding is essential to keeping our scientific edge. So I ask Congress to double federal support for critical basic research in the physical sciences and ensure America remains the most dynamic nation on earth.”

So far, so good. It remains to be seen how the Congress reacts on this. Hopefully, this year’s scenario will not repeat itself next year…

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1. Nikita Nikolaev - January 29, 2008

What does he mean by “double federal support”? Double the funding of what it is today? Or double the funding of what it used to be before? Or double something else?

2. lazopolis - January 30, 2008

No, no, it probably means double the (emotional) support, and add a bit of cash to whatever the budget used to be last year.

3. Nikita Nikolaev - January 30, 2008

Exactly! The full emphasis is on the “emotional support”, definitely🙂

4. apetrov - January 31, 2008

Sorry, I’m traveling, so my blog visits are minimal until next week…

I might be mistaken, but I think that America COMPETES Act (or some other legislation) implies doubling of funding for DOE and NSF (and possibly NIST) by some year in th future (2015? I forgot…). This, in turn, implies certain yearly funding increase schedule for DOE and NSF, which was broken last year…

But it might as well turn into “emotional support” if things progress the way they are…


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