State of the Union address and physical sciences January 29, 2008Posted by apetrov in Near Physics, Particle Physics, Science.
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…