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Three Stimulus Package Priorities to Rebuild a More Equitable and Sustainable Economy

, Energy analyst

With the COVID-19 pandemic pushing our medical system to the brink and ravaging the nation’s economy, we must respond decisively and forcefully. Without a doubt, our nation’s top priority should be shoring up our public health efforts to keep people healthy and providing financial relief to the millions of people across the country who have suddenly lost their jobs.

At the same time, our leaders must start thinking ahead, creating strategies to revitalize the economy when this public health threat begins to subside. As members of Congress contemplate various economic stimulus options, our leaders should advance measures that emphasize job creation, benefit those most impacted by the pandemic, and rebuild the economy in a way that promotes the long-term interests of society.

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Energy Storage is the Policy Epicenter of Energy Innovation

, Senior energy analyst

Battery advances—some from government-funded R&D for vehicles, some from laptops and cellphones—have opened a door. Read more >

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Energy Storage Means Energy Security—but Trump’s Budget Gives It the Axe

, director of gov't affairs, Climate & Energy

As a Texan, it pains me to see my former governor, a man who ran the state pragmatically and competently for 14 years, squirm and strain to communicate why it’s good for our country to cut the national labs and reduce our commitment to federally funded scientific and technological innovation. Read more >

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Why a Boring, Bureaucratic Reorganization at the Department of Energy Might Be Worse Than It Seems

, senior energy analyst

Organizational charts: possibly the most boring topic you can imagine. So why is the reorganization of a federal agency (in this case the Department of Energy, or DOE) the subject of a January 30 Congressional hearing in the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee? I listened in to the live webcast of the hearing so that I could get the low-down on what this reorganization could mean for the future of basic and applied research at DOE. Early indications are that the administration will seek to cut clean energy research by 72 percent.

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New Report Reveals Trump Administration Is Abandoning Science Advice

, Senior Analyst

Experts serving as members of federal advisory committees are being frozen out of the very avenues that were designed to encourage external input on scientific issues to the federal government. Read more >

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