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Critical Minerals: Ensuring America's Future
GSA Cosponsors Critical Minerals Congressional Briefing on 13 December. [ more ]
Energy from Earth
A coalition of geoscience organizations, including The Geological Society of America, co-hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill on 21 Nov., aimed at enhancing policymakers’ understanding of the geoscience supporting the country’s energy production and innovation. [ more ]
GSA urges Congress to enact a responsible FY 2014 budget
GSA joined 470 national organizations asking Congress to "enact a responsible FY 2014 budget that replaces sequestration with a balanced plan that recognizes the significant cuts already made to discretionary programs." [ read letter ]
Task Force on American Innovation FY14 Budget Agreement
Through the TFAI, GSA calls for "sustained and robust support for scientific research and STEM education." [ read letter ]
Dueling legislation: Senate and House propose multiple STEM reauthorization bills
A slew of draft bills recently discussed on Capitol Hill prove that senators and representatives from both parties recognize the importance of federally funded basic research but differ drastically on how it should be done and how much money STEM agencies should receive. [ more ]
Energy from the Earth - Practical Geoscience to Inform Energy Legislation
This briefing series will provide the geoscience underpinning that is essential for effective energy and environmental policy making. The first briefing is on 21 Nov. in D.C., and will provide an overview of the range of energy options available in the United States and the geoscience that underpins those options.
Hazards Caucus Briefing on Floodplain Mapping
The Senate Hazards Caucus held a congressional briefing, "Outsmarting the Storm: The Science of Floodplain Mapping", on Tuesday, 22 October.
Geoscientists Shake Up Capitol Hill
More than 70 geoscientists from 12 societies came to Washington, D.C., to advocate for geoscience funding, as part of Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (GEO-CVD) in September. Participants discussed the importance of geoscience education and research with Members of Congress.
[ view article ]
Congress approved legislation to provide continued access to the Federal Helium Reserve. President Obama signed The Helium Stewardship Act of 2013 (S. 527) into law on 2 October 2013. [ more ]
GSA calls on Congress to approve legislation to secure the helium supply
“Helium is an essential component of a large number of manufacturing processes and a key material for the scientific research community. …”
Read letter to House | Senate
GSA calls on Congress to pass an America COMPETES Act reauthorization bill that calls for real and sustained growth in funding for the NSF, NIST, and Department of Energy Office of Science.
[ view the letter ]
GSA Examines Links between Science and Human Rights
Science, technology, and human rights intersect in a variety of important ways that have significant implications for both the scientific enterprise as well as society’s ability to benefit and to be protected from any harmful practices in research, development and their applications. GSA and the American Geosciences Institute held a focus group last fall to clarify some of these linkages for the geoscience community. [ more ]
Roles of the Geology and Public Policy Committee, the Geology and Society Division, and GSA's Washington, D.C., Office
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Contact GSA's Washington D.C. office any time
Kasey S. White
Director for Geoscience Policy
Geological Society of America
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Washington, DC 20005
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